Patricia Hersh's Home Page

Patricia Hersh
Box 8205
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8205

Email: plhersh at ncsu dot edu
Office Phone: 919-515-2385
Office location: 3226 SAS Hall

Welcome to my home page. I am a professor in the math department at North Carolina State University. Before this, I was a faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington for several years, a postdoc at MSRI (fall 2004), Michigan (2001-2004) and the University of Washington (1999-2001), went to grad school at MIT (1995-1999), and undergrad at Harvard (1991-1995). I spent fall 2010 visiting Cornell thanks to the very generous support of the Ruth Michler Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). Richard Stanley was my Ph.D. advisor, and Phil Hanlon was my NSF postdoc sponsoring scientist at Michigan; Persi Diaconis was my undergraduate advisor.


Here are my publications, talk slides and upcoming talks/conferences, and my CV. This work is supported by NSF grant DMS-1500987.

Research interests: combinatorics, particularly as it relates to fields like topology, commutative algebra, representation theory and theoretical computer science. I'm especially interested in combinatorial methods for studying topological structure, often with algebraic applications in mind.

Ph.D. students: Molly Lynch, NCSU 2019 Ph.D., with first position at Hollins University. Grace Stadnyk, NCSU 2019 Ph.D., with tenure track position at Furman University, and Chetak Hossain, NCSU 2019 Ph.D. (with coadvisor Nathan Reading), Ruth Davidson, NCSU 2014 Ph.D. (with coadvisor Seth Sullivant), with first position at UIUC math and computer science. Rebecca Swanson, Indiana University-Bloomington 2010 Ph.D., now a teaching professor at Colorado School of Mines. Current student: Stephen Lacina (3rd year).

Editorial boards and advisory boards: Forum of Mathematics (discrete math editor, March 2019--December 2023), Springer Graduate Texts in Mathematics (advisory board, April 2019--March 2022), Proceedings of the AMS (combinatorics editor, February 2014--January 2022) and SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (January 2011--December 2016).

Some helpful organizations: NSF, AMS, AWM, MAA and SIAM.


Upcoming semester: Previous semesters:

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