Victoria S Akin, Assistant Professor of the Practice

Victoria S Akin

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

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Teaching (Fall 2018):

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111L: Tuesday 4-5 in Physics 123
112L: Tuesday 5-6 in Physics 123
By appointment: Wednesday 2-3 in West Duke 09A
Help Room: Tuesday 2-3 and Wednesday 4:30-5:30

Ph.D.University of Chicago2017

Education and instruction in mathematics • Geometric group theory