I am currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Georgia, and part of the UGA AGANT (Algebraic Geometry, Algebra and Number Theory) group, and I’ll be joining the faculty in the math department at Rutgers University in July.   My recent work has focused on conformal blocks, and the development of new methods for their use in studying the geometry of moduli spaces of pointed curves as well as moduli spaces of sheaves on curves. This work has been funded by two personal NSF grants “Conformal blocks and positive cycles on the moduli space of curves,” (2012-2016) and “Vector bundles of conformal blocks on \overline{M}_{g,n},” (2016-2020). I have published 8 articles related to this topic in the past 5 years, and have two preprints currently in submission. These new applications of conformal blocks were one of the featured topics at the workshop “Conformal blocks, vector bundles on curves and moduli of curves,” at Università Sapienza in 2013, where I have a series of 5 lectures, and will be also featured at GAeL (Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté) at Bath University in 2017, where I will give a series of 4 lectures.  In earlier work, I studied aspects of the moduli space of curves using Mori theory and tropical geometry (funded by NSF DMS-050931).

I’m very actively involved in the community and in efforts to improve diversity in math.