Van C. Nguyen


I am an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD).

Prior to joining the USNA, I was an Assistant Professor at Hood College (Frederick, MD) and a Zelevinsky Research Instructor at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), where I did my postdoctoral work in representation theory of quivers and algebras, working with Professors Gordana Todorov and Alexander Martsinkovsky.

I am interested in undergraduate student activities and teaching pedagogies and would love to share ideas with others. Students who are interested in participating in any undergraduate conferences or math competitions, please contact me.

Outside of academics, I enjoy hiking/biking, cooking, coffee-shop hopping, reading, and traveling. I love food and love to try/cook various cuisines. It is my favorite way to expose to different cultures, people, and backgrounds; and it goes very well with my travel interest.

Research Interests:

  • Homological algebra

  • (finite-dimensional) Hopf algebras

  • Representation theory of finite dimensional algebras


  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Texas A&M University

  • B.A., Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

  • B.S., Management Science, University of California, San Diego

Selected Awards:

  • NSF DMS-2201146 Grant (2022-2025)

  • MAA Project NExT Fellow, Red ’15

  • AMS-Simons Travel Grant (2015-2017)

  • Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Award for Research (Nov. 2013)

  • L. F. Guseman Prize in Mathematics (April 2013)