I am currently visiting the University of California, Berkeley, as
the Chancellor's Professor, affiliated with the MSRI program on
I study low-dimensional topology, particularly finite-type
invariants and geometric
3-manifold topology. I received
my Ph.D. in 2000 from the
University of California, Berkeley; my advisor was Vaughan
Jones. Before coming to Columbia I was at Harvard as a Benjamin
Peirce Assistant Professor.
In Fall 2012, I am teaching a graduate seminar
on Curves on Surface, affiliated with the
program on Cluster Algebras at MSRI.
I have a page of writing,
with electronic versions, and notes for
I am an editor of the newly-formed
Topology, published by the European Mathematical Society. We
are currently looking for submissions for the first issue.
I used to live at
cooperatives. I spend a
lot of time with my partner, Ken Shan,
assistant professor in the Computer Science department at Rutgers. I
taught him to bicycle.
Office: Mathematics 614, (212) 854-2298
Address: Dylan Thurston, Department of Mathematics,
Columbia University, Room 614, MC 4436, New York, NY 10027-6940