Dan Christensen

Dan Christensen

I am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, with a cross appointment to the Department of Applied Mathematics, and an affiliation with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The Departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are part of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.

I am on sabbatical for the 2019-2020 academic year. My home base will be London, Ontario, but I plan to make various trips.

I am a Managing Editor of Homology, Homotopy and Applications.

My papers, preprints and talks.

Contact information is below.


My research interests include algebraic topology (especially stable homotopy theory and model categories), homotopy type theory and univalent foundations, category theory (especially higher categories), derived categories, modular representation theory, mathematical physics (quantum gravity), and algebraic and scientific computation.

Research group

Dan Christensen (faculty)
Apurva Nakade (postdoc, Aug 2019 until present)
James Richardson (Ph.D. student, Sept 2015 until present)
Luis Scoccola (Ph.D. student, Sept 2016 until present)
Jarl Taxerås Flaten (Ph.D. student, Sept 2019 until present)
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Chris Kapulkin and I are running the Homotopy Type Theory Electronic Seminar Talks.

Graduate students: I am looking for new graduate students for 2020 in the areas of homotopy theory, homotopy type theory and topology, broadly construed. If you are interested, please contact me and send an application to our department mentioning my name. To be sure your application can be evaluated fully, please have at least three people submit detailed letters of reference, and also include information about the contents of the courses you have taken.

Postdocs: I encourage eligible people to apply for an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (domestic and international applicants eligible), any other NSERC postdoc, an NSF PDF, or similar to be held at Western. The standard NSF postdocs can be held in Canada, and there are other eligible NSF postdocs, e.g. an International Research Fellowship Program postdoc or a Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.

Students and postdocs: The Canadian Government has many scholarships and fellowships that are available for people from many different countries.


Recent Teaching

Winter 2019 Algebraic Topology, Math 4152b/9052b.
Summer 2018 Representation Theory, Math 9140a.
Full list of courses taught at UWO.


SAGE is a wonderful program which interfaces to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and MATLAB, and the free programs Axiom, GAP, GP/PARI, Macaulay2, Maxima, Octave, and Singular. It is freely available and open source.

If you find math fun, consider becoming a math major. Talk to me or anyone else in the department if you're curious.

Here are some photos from trips I have been on.

How to get to London, Ontario, and where to stay.

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I've produced plots of roots of polynomials, some of which appeared in a Scientific American article.

Contact information
Dan Christensen

Dan Christensen
Department of Mathematics
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario N6A 5B7

Office: MC130
Office phone: (519) 661-2111 x86530
Fax: (519) 661-3610 (include my full name)

E-mail: j d c at u w o . c a     


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