Patricia Hersh's Home Page
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8205
Email: plhersh at ncsu dot edu
Office location: 3122 SAS Hall
Welcome to my home page. I am an associate professor in the
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
University of Washington (1999-2001), went to grad school at
MIT (1995-1999), and undergrad at
I spent fall 2010 visiting
thanks to the very generous support of the
Prize of the
Association for Women in Mathematics
(AWM) and fall 2014 visiting the
IMA at the
University of Minnesota thanks to the generous support of the NSF.
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
talk slides, and
CV. This work
is supported by NSF grant DMS-1200730 and (pending final approval) by DMS-1500987.
Research interests: combinatorics, particularly as it relates to fields like
topology, commutative algebra, representation theory and theoretical
I'm especially interested in
combinatorial methods for studying topological structure, often with
algebraic applications in mind.
students: Ruth Davidson, NCSU 2014 Ph.D. (with coadvisor
Seth Sullivant), now an NSF postdoc at UIUC math and computer science departments.
Rebecca Swanson, Indiana
University-Bloomington 2010 Ph.D., now a teaching associate professor at Colorado School of Mines. Currently, I am advising Chetak Hossain, and Grace Stadnyk has also begun doing research with me.
Editorial boards: SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (January 2012--present) and Proceedings of the AMS (February 2014--present).
Math 591 -- Topological Combinatorics (fall 2015) -- graduate topics class. Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-4:15pm, Burlington Hall 3108. Reading material: Poset topology, tools and applications (by Michelle Wachs), A user's guide to discrete Morse theory (by Robin Forman), Topological methods in combinatorics (by Anders Björner) and additional survey papers.
Math 591 -- Combinatorial Commutative Algebra (spring 2015) -- graduate topics class. Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-4:15pm, SAS Hall 2106. Textbook: Combinatorial Commutative Algebra by Ezra Miller and Bernd Sturmfels.
Seminar and conference organizing:
Older events previously organized/coorganized:
70th birthday conference for Richard Stanley at MIT (Cambridge, MA), June 23-27, 2014. Coorganized with
Karen Collins (Wesleyan),
Caroline Klivans (Brown), and
Alex Postnikov (MIT).
AMS Committee on the Profession panel discussion on "Online courses: benefits and pitfalls", coorganized with
Dan Abramovich (Brown), held at the
Joint Math Meetings, Baltimore, MD,
January 15-18, 2014.
AMS special session on algebraic combinatorics, Oxford, MS, March 1-3, 2013. Coorganized with
AMS Committee on the Profession panel discussion on "Getting Started as a Research Mathematician", held at the Joint Math Meetings, San Diego, CA, January 9-12, 2013.
AWM Schafer minisymposium in memory of
Alice T. Schafer,
AMS/MAA/SIAM/AWM joint meetings,
New Orleans, Jan. 6-9, 2011. Five talks and a panel discussion on ``Getting Started as a Research Mathematician'', by
Schafer prize winners. Coorganized with
Sami Assaf (MIT then, USC now) and
Cheryl Grood (Swarthmore).
- AMS special session on
Topology and Combinatorics, Syracuse, NY,
Oct. 2-3, 2010. Coorganized with
Laura Anderson (SUNY Binghamton).