Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Algebraic geometry and algebraic combinatorics, including quantum cohomology, Schubert calculus, moduli spaces of curves, affine Grassmannians, and other aspects of enumerative and combinatorial geometry.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Swarthmore, PA 19081

**Email:**lchen (at) swarthmore (dot) edu

**Office:**Science Center 153

**Research Interests**:Algebraic geometry and algebraic combinatorics, including quantum cohomology, Schubert calculus, moduli spaces of curves, affine Grassmannians, and other aspects of enumerative and combinatorial geometry.

**Upcoming Events:**

- I am co-organizing the special session on Algebraic Geometry at the bi-annual AWM Research Symposium, April 11-12, 2015, at the University of Maryland.
- I am co-organizing the second annual Mid-Atlantic Algebraic Geometry and Combinatorics Workshop, April 24-25, 2015, at Drexel University.
- I will be speaking at the 2015 Program for Women in Mathematics, May 2015, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
- I am on the Program Committee for the 27th Annual Conference on Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics Conference (FPSAC 2015), July 6-10, 2015, in Daejeon, South Korea.
- I will be attending a portion of the AMS Summer Institute in Algebraic Geometry, which takes place once a decade, July 2015, at the University of Utah.
- Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm: the Swarthmore Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium is held in Science Center 199.
- The Philadelphia Combinatorics and Algebraic Geometry (CAGE) Seminar is held at the University of Pennsylvania/Drexel University, usually Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm (sometimes Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm).
- The Math-Physics Joint Seminar is held at the University of Pennsylvania.

**About Me:**

Prior to arriving at Swarthmore College in Fall 2008, I was an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University from 2004 to 2008, and a VIGRE postdoctoral fellow and Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University from 2000 to 2004. I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in June 2000, under the direction of William Fulton, and received my A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College in June 1996. I grew up mostly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but was born in upstate New York, and lived in New York City and New Jersey before moving to Michigan. During academic years 2011-13, I was at the National Science Foundation as a Program Director in Topology and Geometric Analysis in the Division of Mathematical Sciences.