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) in the Department of Mathematics at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), working with Professors Gordana Todorov and Alexander Martsinkovsky.

Beginning August 2017, I become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Hood College (Frederick, MD).

***Starting April 30th, 2017, please contact me at***. My Northeastern email address will be discontinued after this date.

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in August 2014. My thesis advisor is Professor Sarah Witherspoon. Please see Research tab for my scholarly activities.

I was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. during high school. I basically spent half of my teenage years growing up in Vietnam and half in the U.S., which makes it difficult to answer the “Where are you from?” question. I call San Diego my home city where my family still resides and I visit often. However, I also love exploring different places/climates/cultures and that explains my cross-country moves from San Diego to Texas, to Boston, and soon to Maryland. Besides my favorite daily activities - teaching and doing math, I also enjoy cooking, hiking, coffee-shop hopping, traveling 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 also am the faculty advisor for the Northeastern Math Club, see Service & Outreach tab for current club’s events. I’d love to share ideas for undergraduate outreach and Math club activities. Students who are interested in taking the Putnam Math Competition (which is held on Saturday December 3, 2016) should contact me for more information.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests




"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

Courses taught at Northeastern University:

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; classification of Hopf algebras in positive characteristic, Hopf actions on associated algebras, as well as some homological conjectures in representation theory and commutative algebra.

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

My research summary

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Service and Outreach Activities