Patricia Hersh's Home Page
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8205
Email: either plhersh at ncsu dot edu or plhersh12 at gmail dot com
Office phone: 919-515-2385
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
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.
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, a fifth year Ph.D. student at NCSU (with coadvisor
Seth Sullivant) and Nicole Gin (current third year Ph.D. student).
Rebecca Swanson, Indiana
University-Bloomington 2010 Ph.D., now a teaching associate professor at Colorado School of Mines.
Editorial boards: SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (January 2012--present), Proceedings of the AMS (February 2014--January 2018), and the
Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (recently appointed).
Math 753 -- Graduate Algebraic Topology (spring 2014) -- second half of a year-long prelim course. Textbook: Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher.
Seminar and conference organizing:
Triangle Lectures in
Combinatorics (TLC), series of combinatorial workshops. Next meeting is February 22, 2014 at UNC Chapel Hill with speakers Shankar Bhamidi (UNC Chapel Hill), Anders Buch (Rutgers), Pablo Parrilo (MIT) and Eva Tardos (Cornell).
I serve on the TLC Steering Committee with
Nathan Reading (NCSU),
Ezra Miller (Duke),
Scott Provan (UNC Chapel
Seth Sullivant (NCSU).
70th birthday conference for Richard Stanley at MIT (Cambridge, MA), final week of June in 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), to be 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 Dennis Stanton.
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) and
Cheryl Grood (Swarthmore).
- AMS special session on
Topology and Combinatorics, Syracuse, NY,
Oct. 2-3, 2010. Coorganized with
Laura Anderson (SUNY Binghamton).
A mini-symposium on
Topological Combinatorics at the
SIAM meeting on Discrete Math in Austin, TX, June 14-17, 2010.
NCSU Algebra and Combinatorics Seminar. Coorganized with
Bojko Bakalov, 2008-2010.
AMS special session on
Rings, algebras, and varieties in combinatorics, Raleigh, NC, April 4-5, 2009 (with
Nathan Reading and
Seminar at Indiana University, Bloomington, 2005-2008
AMS special session on Combinatorial representation theory, topological combinatorics and
interactions between them, Bloomington, IN, April 5-6, 2008 (with
Cristian Lenart and
- Special session on
algebraic combinatorics held at Joint American/Austrian/German Math.
Society meeting, Mainz, Germany, June 16-19, 2005 (with
- MSRI Postdoc Seminar, Fall 2004
- Michigan Combinatorics Seminar, 2003-2004 (with
AMS special session on
Algebraic Combinatorics, Ann Arbor, MI,
March 1-3, 2002 (with Brian Taylor).
- University of Washington Geometry and Combinatorics Seminar, 1999-2001 (with
Here are some