Van C. Nguyen

Department of Mathematics
(567 Lake Hall)
Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
Office: 536 Nightingale Hall
Office Phone: 1-617-373-5232
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About me

I am a Zelevinsky Research Instructor (formerly Postdoctoral Teaching Associate) at the Department of Mathematics of Northeastern University (Boston MA), working with Professors Alexander Martsinkovsky and Gordana Todorov. I am finishing my postdoc at Northeastern and currently on this year’s job market.

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in August 2014. My thesis advisor is Professor Sarah Witherspoon.

My non-math hobbies include cooking, hiking, coffee-shop hopping, travelling and reading. I love food and love to try/cook various cuisines. It is my favorite way to expose to different cultures, people, and backgrounds; and it goes very well with my travel interest.

**I am the faculty advisor for the Northeastern MATH CLUB.** I’d love to share ideas for undergraduate Math club activities.

Curriculum Vitae

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"To teach is to learn twice over." ~ Joseph Joubert
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Courses taught at Texas A&M University:

My recent teaching evaluations are available upon request.

Other teaching experience:

"In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn." ~ Phil Collins
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." ~ William Arthur Ward


I am interested in homological algebra, Hopf algebras, and representation theory. In particular, I study various cohomology structures and their properties: finite generation of cohomology ring, Gerstenhaber structure of Hochschild cohomology, Tate and Tate-Hochschild cohomology rings of finite dimensional Hopf algebras and related algebraic objects, as well as some homological conjectures in representation theory and commutative algebra. Many important examples of Hopf algebras come up in different fields of mathematics. Understanding these properties will be applicable to such fields.

Recently, I am also interested in looking at other (broader) objects, for examples, I would like to work more with questions related to artin algebras, Lie algebras, Gorenstein rings, quivers, preprojective algebras, and cluster algebras. This chart briefly summarizes my research projects and interests.

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