|Brendan Hassett is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Brown University. Previously, he was the Milton Brockett Porter Professor of Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He received his BA in 1992 from Yale and his PhD from Harvard in 1996 under the supervision of Joseph Harris.
From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago; for part of this time he was supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He has been a faculty member at Rice since 2000 and has chaired its mathematics department from 2009 to 2014. He has held visiting positions at the Mittag Leffler Institute in Stockholm, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Paris (Orsay).
Brendan’s research focus is algebraic geometry. He enjoys geometric questions inspired from number theory, problems natural from an arithmetic perspective but with surprising geometric implications. He also likes classification problems involving a wide range of techniques, from the classical theory of algebraic curves through Hodge theory and birational geometry.
Brendan has written more than 45 research papers and has authored or co-edited four books. His work has been recognized with a Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Charles W. Duncan Award for Outstanding Faculty at Rice. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Brendan has co-organized more than 20 conferences and workshops, including the 2006 Clay Summer School in Arithmetic Geometry and the Spring 2009 program in Algebraic Geometry at MSRI.