Assistant professor
Boise State University, 2012–present

Fields Ontario postdoctoral fellow
The Fields Institute and York University, 2010–2012
Supervised by Ilijas Farah.

Postdoctoral fellow
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Summer 2009
Supervised by Peter Koepke (informally).

Visiting assistant professor / postdoc
The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, 2008–2010
Supervised by Joel Hamkins and Roman Kossak (informally).


Ph.D., Mathematics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2003–2008
Supervised by Simon Thomas. Doctoral thesis titled Descriptive aspects of torsion-free abelian groups.

B.S., Mathematics
B.S., Computer science
The University of Washington, 2000–2003
Supervised by M. Scott Osborne. Senior thesis titled Partial universes and the axioms of set theory.

Research interests

set theory; descriptive set theory; Borel complexity theory; combinatorics; applications of ergodic theory to set theory; applications of set theory to algebra, model theory, analysis, topology, infinitary logic, and computability theory

Teaching styles

team learning, inquiry and discovery-based learning, classroom discussion, partially flipped classes


Program director
Boise Math Circle, 2014–present
Develop and implement weekly discussions for middle and high school students about an elementary but deep topic in mathematics. Additional mentors include BSU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

More about me

I am originally from Seattle. I’m into math and discussing math, from the elementary to the research level. Aside from math, I have been known to juggle, play tennis and aerobie, read novels, and listen to music. I am an advocate of cycling as a means of transportation. Having studied computer science in the past, I enjoy thinking about how modern web tools can help us share and work together on math.