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Kathryn Mann

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

 Kathryn Mann

Academic focus:

Geometric topology

Current research project: 

Recently, I've been interested in examples of dynamical rigidity.  These are systems of transformations that are stable under small perturbation (the opposite of chaotic systems, like the weather, where small changes can lead to big effects in the future). I'm working on a few projects on the theme that rigidity in certain mathematical examples comes from extra hidden symmetry or geometric structure.  

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Brown University, 2017-2019
  • Visiting assistant professor, Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 2014-2017

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Chicago, 2014
  • B.Sc., Mathematics and philosophy, University of Toronto, 2008

Last book read:

“On ne voyait que le bonheur,” by Grégoire Delacourt

In your own time/when not working:

I enjoy cycling, trail running, kayaking, outdoors stuff and playing music.

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

The Berstein Seminar in Topology

What most excites you about Cornell:

The vibrant academic (and especially the mathematical) community here.  And the waterfalls aren't bad either!