Patricia Hersh's Home Page
Patricia Hersh
Department of Mathematics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Email: plhersh at uoregon dot edu
Office Phone: 5413460968
Office location: 317 Fenton Hall
Welcome to my home page. I am a professor in the
math department
at the University of Oregon.
Before this, I was a professor at
North Carolina State University and prior to that an assistant professor (and promoted to associate professor) at
Indiana UniversityBloomington,
a postdoc at MSRI (fall 2004),
Michigan (20012004) and
the
University of Washington (19992001), went to grad school at
MIT (19951999), and undergrad at
Harvard (19911995).
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.
Research:
Here are my
publications,
talk slides and upcoming talks/conferences, and my
CV. This work
is supported by NSF grant DMS1953931.
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.
Past Ph.D. students: Stephen Lacina, University of Oregon, June 2023 Ph.D., first position at Furman University. Chetak Hossan, NCSU, December 2019 Ph.D. (with coadvisor Nathan Reading), lecturer at Texas State University. Grace Stadnyk, NCSU, August 2019 Ph.D., tenure track assistant professor at Furman University. Molly Lynch, NCSU, June 2019 Ph.D., tenure track assistant professor at Hollins University. Ruth Davidson, NCSU 2014 Ph.D. (with coadvisor Seth Sullivant), first position NSF postdoctoral research fellow at UIUC.
Rebecca Swanson, Indiana
UniversityBloomington 2010 Ph.D., teaching professor at Colorado School of Mines.
Editorial boards and advisory boards:
Forum of Mathematics PI (editorial board, March 2019present); Forum of Mathematics SIGMA (editorial board, March 2019present); Springer Graduate Texts in Mathematics (managing editor, January 2023present; advisory board member, April 2019present), Proceedings of the AMS (combinatorics editor, February 2014January 2022) and SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics (editorial board, January 2011December 2016).
Some helpful
organizations:
NSF,
AMS,
AWM,
MAA and
SIAM.
Teaching:
Winter 2024 quarter:

Math 456/556  Networks and combinatorics (MWF 12pm in Peterson 103). Textbook: Introductory Combinatorics, 5th edition, by Richard A. Brualdi.

Math 432/532  Introduction to Topology II (MWF 23pm in Peterson 103). Textbook: Topology, 2nd edition, by James Munkres.
Winter 2023 quarter:

Math 445/545  Introduction to Abstract Algebra II (MWF 23pm in Friendly Hall 214). Textbook: Algebra, 2nd edition, by Michael Artin.
Fall 2022 quarter:

Math 341  Elementary Linear Algebra (MTWF 12pm in University Hall 303); textbook Linear Algebra and its Applications, fifth edition, by David C. Lay, Steven R. Lay and Judi J. McDonald.

Math 444/544  Introduction to Abstract Algebra I (MWF 23pm in Friendly Hall 225); textbook Algebra, second edition, by Michael Artin.
Spring 2022 quarter:

Math 607  Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups (MWF 23pm in Tykeson Hall 240); textbook Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups, by Anders Bjoerner and Francesco Brenti.
Previous quarters and semesters:
Seminar and conference organizing:
Currently coorganizing:

Cascade Lectures in Combinatorics (CALICO).
Recently organized/coorganized:

University of Oregon Math Department Colloquium.
 Triangle Lectures in
Combinatorics (TLC), series of combinatorial workshops.
Served on the TLC Steering Committee with
Ricky Liu (NCSU),
Ezra Miller (Duke),
Gabor Pataki (UNC Chapel
Hill), and
Cynthia Vinzant (NCSU).
 MSRI Workshop on Geometric and Topological Combinatorics: Modern Techniques and Methods, Berkeley, CA, October 913, 2017. Coorganized with
Vic Reiner (U. Minnesota),
Bernd Sturmfels (UC Berkeley),
Frank Vallentin (U. Köln) and
Günter Ziegler (Freie U. Berlin).

AMS special session on representation stability and its applications, Bloomington, IN, April 12, 2017. Coorganized with
Jeremy Miller (Purdue) and Andrew Putman (Notre Dame).

70th birthday conference for Richard Stanley at MIT (Cambridge, MA), June 2327, 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 1518, 2014.

AMS special session on algebraic combinatorics, Oxford, MS, March 13, 2013. Coorganized with
Dennis Stanton (U. Minnesota).

AMS Committee on the Profession panel discussion on "Getting Started as a Research Mathematician", held at the Joint Math Meetings, San Diego, CA, January 912, 2013.

AWM Schafer minisymposium in memory of
Alice T. Schafer,
AMS/MAA/SIAM/AWM joint meetings,
New Orleans, Jan. 69, 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).
Older events previously organized/coorganized: