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Daniel Halpern-Leistner

Assistant Professor

Malott Hall, Room 507

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (2013) University of California, Berkeley


  • Mathematics

Graduate Fields

  • Mathematics


Algebraic geometry, homological algebra, mathematical physics, and representation theory

The concept of a moduli problem is one of the oldest and most central concepts in algebraic geometry. It asks the question of how the properties of geometric objects, such as the set of solutions of a system of polynomial equations, depend on the parameter used to specify those objects. My research focuses on incorporating modern methods into this classical subject. Some of these methods include: the theory of algebraic stacks, derived algebraic geometry, and homological algebra. My main project is the "beyond geometric invariant theory" program, which extends the classical subject of geometric invariant theory. I have applied this general machinery to questions about derived categories, such as the D-equivalence conjecture, as well as more classical topics such as the Verlinde formula.


  • The equivariant Verlinde formula on the moduli of Higgs bundles (appendix by Constantin Teleman), arXiv preprint arXiv:1608.01754(2016).
  • The derived category of a GIT quotient, Journal of the American Mathematical Society 28, no. 3 (2015): 871-912.
  • On the structure of instability in moduli theory, arXiv preprint arXiv:1411.0627 (2014).