New Faculty: Rachel Webb

Rachel Webb

Provost's New Faculty Fellow (starting July 2024 as Assistant Professor), Mathematics

Academic focus:

Algebraic geometry, especially problems motivated by Gromov-Witten theory, including moduli of curves and maps

Current research project: 

I'm trying to understand stacky curves, and also how Gromov-Witten invariants change under GIT wall crossing.

Previous positions:

  • NSF Postdoc, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 2020-2023

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2020
  • M.S., Mathematics, Brigham Young University, 2013
  • B.S., Mathematics, Brigham Young University, 2012

Last book read:

Five minutes ago, to my daughter: “The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch

Last adult book read: “Spencer W. Kimball's Record Collection: Essays on Mormon Music” by Michael Hicks

In your own time/when not working:

Running, cycling, walking, cooking; playing with and teaching my children

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Abstract Algebra, Algebraic Geometry 

What most excites you about Cornell:

The gorges! And the friendly community

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