pic

I live in Bozeman, Montana, as an Associate Professor of mathematics at Montana State University. Previously, I was a postdoc at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, and the University of Copenhagen. I received my PhD through Stanford University under the supervision of Ralph Cohen.

See my abbreviated Curriculum Vitæ for specifics.

Research

Much of my research is framed by the following paradigm. 

  • Invariants of locally standard entities -- such as manifolds, links, or (derived) schemes with very few points -- that possess a nuanced local-to-global expression can be constructed from (higher-)algebraic, or (higher-)categorical, data.  The result, factorization homology, is an association of an object, such as a vector space, from such an entity and such a (higher-)algebra/category.
  • Deformations of the algebraic/categorical input are organized as a likewise algebra/category -- this is Koszul duality.  Through factorization homology, Poincare' duality intertwines with Koszul duality, thereby offering unforseen identities of, and within, the values of factorization homology. 
  • (Scores of classical, and more recent, identities can be recovered as instances of this paradigm.)

Papers

 
  1. Natural Symmetries of secondary Hochschild homology (with John Francis and Adam Howard; last revised December 2021).

    We identify explicitly the continuous group of framed diffeomorphisms of the torus as well as the continuous monoid of framed isogenies of the torus.  We explicate an action of this group on secondary Hochschild homology, which we extend as an action of this monoid in certain cases, and abstract as an (unstable) secondary cyclotomic structure.

  2. Derived Mackey functors and C_{p^n}-equivariant cohomology (with Aaron Mazel-Gee and Nick Rozenblyum; last revised December 2021).
    For p an odd prime, we identify the Picard group of genuine C_{p^n}-Z-modules, as well as the C_{p^n}-equivariant cohomology of a point.  These identifications are achieved through application of stratifications of noncommutative stacks.  
  3. Trace for factorization homology in dimension 1 (with John Francis; last revised December 2021).
    We construct circle-equivariant trace map, and prove a conjecture of Toën-Vezzosi, using 1-dimensional factorization homology.
  4. Stratified noncommutative geometry (with Aaron Mazel-Gee and Nick Rozenblyum; to appear in Memoirs of the AMS).
    We develop a rather comprehensive theory of stratifications of stable presentable categories, and give several examples.  As an appendix, we consolidate some general definitions and basic results in lax category theory.
  5. A factorization homology primer (with John Francis; to appear in The Homotopy Handbook).
    We give a consolidated account of the theory of, examples/instances of, and general features of factorization homology (“alpha”).  This includes discussing relationships with factorization algebras, defects, filtrations, and Poincare’/Koszul duality.  
  6. Flagged higher categories (with John Francis; to appear in CBMS proceedings).
    We introduce flagged $(\infty,n)$-categories, as a model-independent characterization of Segal sheaves on Joyal's category $\bTheta_n$.  We indicate some compelling examples of such.  This result can be interpreted as a non-linear instance of iterated Koszul duality. 
  7. The geometry of the cyclotomic trace (with Aaron Mazel-Gee and Nick Rozenblyum; last revised October 2017).
    Using enriched factorization homology and linearization, we give a construction of the cyclotomic trace from algebraic K-theory to topological cyclic homology.  Essentially, for each derived scheme X we organize the derived loop space LX as a quasi-coherent sheaf over the stratified algebraic stack of the previous paper; for each vector bundle over X, "trace of monodromy" defines a global function on LX.  Much of this paper surveys its supporting papers.
  8. A naive approach to genuine G-spectra and cyclotomic spectra (with Aaron Mazel-Gee and Nick Rozenblyum; last revised October 2017). 
    We interpret the $\infty$-category of cyclotomic spectra as that of quasi-coherent sheaves on a stratified algebraic stack over the sphere spectrum, with TC being global functions; we do similarly for genuine G-spectra.  We do this by organizing Tate constructions as recollements, and use Glassman's definition of stratified stable categories. 
  9. Factorization homology of enriched $(\infty,1)$-categories (with Aaron Mazel-Gee and Nick Rozenblyum; last revised October 2017).
    We define factorization homology of enriched $(\infty,1)$-categories over oriented 1-manifolds (as well as directed graphs).
  10. The bordism hypothesis (with John Francis; last revised August 2017).
    We supply a proof of the bordism hypothesis, using factorization homology. 
  11. Fibrations of $\infty$-categories (with John Francis; to appear in Higher Structures).
    We give a model-independent account of fibrations among $\infty$-categories, with exponentiable fibrations playing a central role.  We show that each notion of fibration is classified by an $\infty$-category.  This offers an operationally practical technique for making constructions among $\infty$-category theory, in a model-independent manner. 
  12. Factorization homology I: higher categories (with John Francis and Nick Rozenblyum; to appear in Advances of Mathematics). 
    We define vari-framings, and develop factorization homology over vari-framed stratified manifolds with coefficients in higher categories. We prove that this construction embeds higher categories as invariants of vari-framed stratified manifolds.
  13. A stratified homotopy hypothesis (with John Francis and Nick Rozenblyum; to appear in Journal of the European Mathematical Society.). 
    We give a geometrically convenient model for $\infty$-categories using stratified spaces, and introduce some universal examples.
  14. Poincar'e/Koszul duality (with John Francis; to appear in Communications in Mathematical Physics). 
    We articulate a duality among certain topological field theories that exchanges perturbative sigma-models and reduced state-sum models; this duality generalizes Poincar'e duality as well as Koszul duality.
  15. Zero-pointed manifolds (with John Francis;  to appear in Journal of the Institute of Mathematics Jussieu). 
    We give a convenient category of manifolds that is the home for dualities. We recover the Bar-coBar construction in this way, and prove a general version of non-abelian Poincar\'e duality.
  16. Factorization homology of stratified spaces (with John Francis and Hiro Lee Tanaka; Selecta Mathematica (N.S.) 23 (2017), no. 1, 293-362). 
    We define factorization homology over structured stratified spaces, and characterize such through excision.
  17. Local structures on stratified spaces (with John Francis and Hiro Lee Tanaka; Advances in Mathematics 307 (2017), 903-1028). 
    We develop a theory of stratified spaces and their moduli. We characterize local structures on them.
  18. Factorization homology of topological manifolds (with John Francis; Journal of Topology 8 (2015), no. 4, 1045-1084). 
    We classify excisive invariants of topological manifolds by way of factorization homology of disk-algebras.
  19. Configurations spaces and $\Theta_n$ (with Richard Hepworth; Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 142 (2014), no.7, 2243-2254). 
    We explain that the category $\Theta_n$ encodes configuration spaces of points in Euclidean n-space.
  20. Counting bitangents with stable maps (with Renzo Cavalieri; Expositiones Mathematicae, volume 24, no. 4, pages 307-335). 
    We use ideas from Gromov-Witten theory to do some enumerative geometry. 
  21. Geometric cobordism categories
    (PhD thesis -- 82 pages)
  22. Stable topology of moduli spaces of curves in complex projective space
    (Warning: this paper contains an error -- the abstract points you to a remark detailing this error.)

Other projects

  • An approach to less climate-impactful conferences (with Lukas Brantner, Theo Johnson-Freyd, Andre Henriques, and Aaron Mazel-Gee; London Mathematical Society Newsletter, no. 480, pages 32-33).
    We organized a somewhat experimental conference — a “double-conference” — which was a single event held in two locations: the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada; the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany.  The intention was to implement, and possibly set a model for, an international conference that avoided trans-Atlantic travel.  The spirit of doing so was two-fold:
    • To decrease environmental impact of cutting-edge mathematics conferences.
    • To decrease the financial (and other) burdens of travel to attend such conferences, thereby accessing a broader community of researchers. 
  • Factorization homology II: adjoints (with John Francis and Nick Rozenblyum; to appear).
    We show that, in the presence of adjoints, factorization homology is naturally defined on solidly n-framed stratified manifolds.
  • The orthogonal group and adjoints (with John Francis; to appear).
    We amalgamate the Schubert stratifications of Grassmannians to combinatorialize the orthogonal group, as a group.  We construct a lax-action of this combinatorial orthogonal group on n-categories.  This action is implemented by adjoining adjoints.

Other Stuff

 

You may require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDFs on this page.