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I studied combinatorics in the Department of Mathematics at Rutgers University, graduating with my Ph.D. in 2016. I am also a strategy board game enthusiast, a culinary adventurer, and tall. I come from the greatest city on earth, New York—specifically the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


How did I get here?

M.Sc. Applicable Mathematics, London School of Economics, 2010. My masters dissertation under Graham Brightwell, called “Maximal Antichains in Boolean Lattices,” won the Haya Freedman Prize for best dissertation from a student in the program.

A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 2009. Of particular importance was a reading course in game theory with Peter Winkler. Later I won Dartmouth’s $20,000 James B. Reynolds Scholarship for Foreign Study to fund my time at LSE.

Stuyvesant High School, 2006 (which I mention only out of pride for the first ever high school to have a featured article on wikipedia).


I am interested in combinatorics, specifically extremal combinatorics, and even more specifically probabilistic methods in extremal combinatorics. My adviser was Jeff Kahn.

Secondary interests include recursion theory, set theory/infinitary combinatorics, and game theory.

Through Rutgers’s CCICADA research center I was also involved in some work on applications of combinatorics to homeland security.

On January 31, 2013 I passed my oral qualifying exam (syllabus here) to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. Here is a rather detailed account of the exam.

Here is an amazing proof of Ramsey's theorem that I presented in a talk at the Rutgers Graduate Combinatorics Seminar in October 2013.

Here are the slides for a talk I gave on game theory at the Rutgers Math Department’s Graduate Student Pizza Seminar in January 2012, which tied for the Pizza Seminar Award recognizing the best talk each semester.



I am not teaching this semester.


Spring 16 [TA]: Math 354, Linear Optimization

Summer 15 [instructor]: Math 251, Multivariate Calculus

Summer 14 [instructor]: Math 300, Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning

Fall 12 [TA]: Math 152, Calculus II for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Summer 12 [instructor]: Math 251, Multivariate Calculus

Spring 12 [TA]: Math 112, Precalculus II (see also my course website)

Fall 11 [TA]: Math 151, Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Spring 11 [grader]: Math 421, Advanced Calculus for Engineering

Fall 10 [grader]: Math 421 and Math 428, Graph Theory