Victoria S Akin
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups.

Current Research Interests

I am interested in mapping class groups of orientable surfaces. In particular, can a subgroup of the mapping class group with a natural topological or geometric definition be characterized purely algebraically? Does the algebraic characterization reveal properties of the mapping class group? Currently, I would like to characterize the disk-pushing subgroup, handle-pushing subgroup, and braid group inside of their respective mapping class groups. 

Office Hours

111L : Tuesday 4-5 in Physics 123
112L : Tuesday 5-6 in Physics 123
By appointment: Wednesday 2-3 in West Duke 09A
Help Room: Tuesday 2-3 and Wednesday 4:30-5:30

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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