Nicholas Proudfoot

Email: njp - at -
Office: 322 Fenton Hall
Address: Department of Mathematics
1222 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403


In the winter of 2017 I am teaching Calculus with Theory. My office hours are Monday 1:00 - 1:50 and Thursday 2:00 - 2:50.

I received my Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2004, under the supervision of Allen Knutson. I've had five students graduate so far; you can see them on my family tree. My current students are Katie Gedeon and Patrick Durkin.
Lecture Notes

Toric varieties (seven week course, fall 2010)
Geometric representation theory and categorification (three lecture minicourse, summer 2011)
Symplectic geometry (ten week course, fall 2013).

2010: Operator Algebras and Conformal Field Theory (with André Henriques)
2011: Cluster Algebras and Lusztig's Semicanonical Basis (with David Speyer)
2012: Categorical Representation Theory (with David Ben-Zvi)
2013: Quantum/Affine Schubert Calculus (with Allen Knutson)
2014: Kazhdan-Lusztig Theory and Soergel Bimodules (with Ben Elias)
2015: Positivity in Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry (with June Huh)
2016: Knot homologies, Hilbert schemes, and Cherednik algebras (with Jacob Rasmussen)
2017: Symplectic duality (the Abelian case) (with Ben Webster)

* Workshop on Algebra and Representation Theory Held on Oregonian Grounds


I am interested in symplectic algebraic varieties, which come up a lot in representation theory (e.g. quiver varieties, Hilbert schemes on ALE spaces, the Springer resolution, slices in the affine Grassmannian). The spaces with which I work the most are hypertoric varieties, which interact with combinatorial objects such as matroids, zonotopes, and hyperplane arrangements.

Recently I have been very interested in Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials of matroids. Though these polynomials have a purely combinatorial definition, they have strong connections to algebraic geometry (compactifications of arrangement complements) and combinatorial representation theory (FI- and FS-modules).

Here is a list of my preprints.
  The Z-polynomial of a matroid
      With Yuan Xu and Ben Young; preprint. pdf
  Configuration spaces, FSop-modules, and Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials of braid matroids
      With Ben Young; to appear in the New Jork Journal of Mathematics. pdf
  Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials of matroids: a survey of results and conjectures
      With Katie Gedeon and Ben Young; to appear in Séminare Lotharingien Combinatoire (FPSAC 2017). pdf
  The equivariant Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial of a matroid
      With Katie Gedeon and Ben Young; Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A 150 (2017), 267-294. pdf
  The Orlik-Terao algebra and the cohomology of configuration space
      With Daniel Moseley and Ben Young; Experimental Mathematics 26 (2017), 373-380. pdf
  Hypertoric varieties and zonotopal tilings
      With Matthew Arbo; Int. Math. Res. Not. 2016 (2016), 7268-7301. pdf
  Intersection cohomology of the symmetric reciprocal plane
      With Max Wakefield and Ben Young; J. Alg. Comb. 43 (2016) 129-138. pdf
  The Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomial of a matroid
      With Ben Elias and Max Wakefield; Adv. Math. 299 (2016) 36-70. pdf
  Intersection cohomology and quantum cohomology of conical symplectic resolutions
      With Michael McBreen; Alg. Geom. 2 (2015) 623-641. pdf
  Quantizations of conical symplectic resolutions II: category O and symplectic duality
      With Tom Braden, Anthony Licata, and Ben Webster; Astérisque 384 (2016), 75-179. pdf
  Poisson-de Rham homology of hypertoric varieties and nilpotent cones
      With Travis Schedler; Selecta Math 23 (2017), 179-202. pdf
  Hypertoric Poisson homology in degree zero
      Alg. Geom. 1 (2014) 261-270. pdf
  Quantizations of conical symplectic resolutions I: local and global structure
      With Tom Braden and Ben Webster; Astérisque 384 (2016), 1-73. pdf
  Hypertoric category O
      With Tom Braden, Anthony Licata, and Ben Webster; Adv. Math. 231 (2012) 1487-1545. pdf
  Localization algebras and deformations of Koszul algebras
      With Tom Braden, Anthony Licata, Chris Phan, and Ben Webster; Selecta Math. 17 (2011) 533-572. pdf
  Resolving toric varieties with Nash blow-ups
      With Atanas Atanasov, Christopher Lopez, Alexander Perry, and Michael Thaddeus; Experimental Math. 20 (2011) 288-303. pdf
  Gale duality and Koszul duality
      With Tom Braden, Anthony Licata, and Ben Webster; Adv. Math. 225 (2010) 2002-2049. pdf
  The hypertoric intersection cohomology ring
      With Tom Braden; Inv. Math. 177 (2009) 337-380. pdf
  A survey of hypertoric geometry and topology
      Toric Topology, Contemporary Mathematics 460, AMS, Providence, RI, 2006. pdf
  Moduli spaces for Bondal quivers
      With Aaron Bergman; Pacific J. Math. 237 (2008) 201-221. pdf
  Moduli spaces for D-branes at the tip of a cone
      With Aaron Bergman; Journal of High Energy Physics 03 (2006) 073. pdf
  All the GIT quotients at once
      Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 363 (2011) 1687-1698. pdf
  A nonhausdorff model for the complement of a complexified arrangement
      Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 135 (2007) 3989-3994. pdf
  Geometric invariant theory and projective toric varieties
      Snowbird Lectures in Algebraic Geometry,
      Contemporary Mathematics 388, AMS, Providence, RI, 2005. pdf
  Arithmetic and topology of hypertoric varieties
      With Ben Webster; J. Alg. Geom. 16 (2007) 39-63. pdf
  A broken circuit ring
      With David Speyer; Beitrage zur Algebra und Geometrie 47 (2006) 161-166. pdf
  Equivariant topology of real hyperplane arrangements
      Announcement of results. pdf
  Hyperplane arrangements and K-theory
      Top. Appl. 153 (2006) 2866-2875. pdf
  Hyperkahler analogues of Kahler quotients
      U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. thesis, Spring 2004. pdf
  Abelianization for hyperkahler quotients
      With Tamas Hausel; Topology 44 (2005) 231-248. pdf
  Hyperpolygon spaces and their cores
      With Megumi Harada; Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 357 (2005) 1445-1467. pdf
  The equivariant Orlik-Solomon algebra
      J. Alg. 305 (2006) 1186-1196. pdf
  Properties of the residual circle action on a hypertoric variety
      With Megumi Harada; Pacific J. Math. 214 (2004) 263-284. pdf
  Brieskorn's construction of exotic spheres
      Harvard University senior thesis, Spring 2000. pdf
  Parallel connections and bundles of arrangements
      With Michael Falk; Top. Appl. 118 (2002) 65-83. pdf

In India, David Farris and I had small roles in the soap opera Kasauti Zindagi Ki; you can see the clip here.