Institute for Information Sciences

Emily Witt

Associate Professor, Keeler Intra-University Professor
Primary office:
(785) 864-5149
Nichols Hall
Room 255


Brief Bio:

Emily Witt joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas in 2015, where she is currently an Associate Professor and Keeler Intra-University Professor.

Witt is a strong proponent for diversity and inclusion in STEM, and has recently become interested in formal methods and proof verification.


Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Michigan, 2011

B.S. in Mathematics with a Specialization in Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2005


MATH 831: Commutative Algebra (Spring 2022)

MATH 558: Introductory Modern Algebra (Fall 2020/2015/2016, Spring 2018)

MATH 601: Algebraic Topics in Computing: Cryptography (Spring 2020)

MATH 146: Calculus II, Honors (Fall 2019, Spring 2016)

MATH 791: Modern Algebra (Spring 2019)

MATH 290: Elementary Linear Algebra (Fall 2018)

MATH 145: Calculus I, Honors (Fall 2017)

MATH 500: Intermediate Analysis (Spring 2017)

Research Interests:

Commutative algebra and its relations with geometry and the study of singularities.

Professional Affiliations:

American Mathematical Society

Association for Women in Mathematics

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society

Past Institutions:

University of Utah

University of Minnesota

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkeley, CA)

Selected Awards & Honors

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (DMS-1945611), New frontiers for Frobenius, singularity theory, differential operators, and local cohomology, 2020-25

Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize, 2022-23, Association for Women in Mathematics/Cornell University

W. W. Keeler Family Intra-University Professorship, 2021-22, University of Kansas

Don and Pat Morrison Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2019, University of Kansas

J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award, 2019, University of Kansas

Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant (582574), Local cohomology and numerical invariants in commutative algebra, 2018-21

National Science Foundation Standard Grant (DMS-1501404), Local cohomology, the Frobenius endomorphism, D-module theory, and invariant theory, 2015-19

National Security Agency–American Mathematical Society Young Investigator Award, 2015-16

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