Alexander J. Sutherland

Ross Assistant Professor in Mathematics

The Ohio State University

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In June 2022, I defended my Ph.D at UC Irvine. I have since started as a Ross Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

Contact Information

sutherland.159 [at] osu [dot] edu

Mathematics Tower 600

231 W. 18th Ave

Department of Mathematics

The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH 43210

Quick Facts

  • I use methods from algebraic geometry to answer questions about resolvent degree.

  • My postdoc advisor (Ohio State) is Angélica Cueto.

  • My Ph.D advisor (UC Irvine) was Jesse Wolfson.

  • At UC Irvine, I have been named a Graduate Dean's Dissertation Fellow (2021-2022), an ARCS Foundation Scholar (2019-2021), a Pedagogical Fellow (2019), and a Science in Action Fellow (2018-2020).

  • At Oberlin College, I was a John Frederick Oberlin Scholar (2012-2016), an Elbridge P. Vance Scholar of Mathematics (2015-2016), and received the Edward T. Wong Memorial Prize in Mathematics (2016).

For more details, please see my CV (available here).

This is an image from Steve Trettel's video on the braid monodromy of complex polynomials (available here). For more, please see his website:

New to Resolvent Degree? Check out | Mathematicians Resurrect Hilbert's 13th Problem in Quanta magazine | My talk What is... resolvent degree?

To the left is a recording of my talk What is... resolvent degree? , which was given in a virtual seminar based on the "What is...?" column in the AMS notices.

To the right, you can find a copy of the corresponding slides.

For Website - What Is… Resolvent Degree?.pdf

Federico Ardila's Axioms for Mathematics

I fully support Federico Ardila's axioms for mathematics:

  1. Mathematical potential is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.

  2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering mathematical experiences.

  3. Mathematics is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.

  4. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.