Thomas Polstra

JWB 317
Curriculum Vitae

About me

I am a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah. Before joining the math department at the University of Utah I was a PhD student at the University of Missouri under the advisement of Ian Aberbach.


My research interests are in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. I particularly enjoying studying these subjects using prime characteristic techniques. I have also made contributions using basic element techniques and combinatorics.

Publications and preprints

Continuity of Hilbert-Kunz multiplicity and F-signature, with Ilya Smirnov, submitted.

Generalizing Serre's Splitting Theorem and Bass's Cancellation Theorem via free-basic elements, with Alessandro De Stefani and Yongwei Yao, to appear in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.

Globalizing F-invariants, with Alessandro De Stefani and Yongwei Yao, to appear in Advances in Mathematics.

F-signature and Hilbert-Kunz Multipicity: a combined approach and comparison, with Kevin Tucker, to appear in Journal of Algebra and Number Theory.

Uniform bounds in F-finite rings and lower semi-continuity of the F-signature, to appear in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.

Depths and Stanley depths of path ideals of spines,, with Daniel Campos, Susan Morey, and Chelsey Paulsen, Involve, 9(1): 155-170, 2016.

Depths and Cohen-Macaulay Properties of Path Ideals, with Daniel Campos, Susan Morey, and Chelsey Paulsen, Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, 218: 1537-1543, 2014.


At the University of Utah

I will not be teaching during the 2017-2018 academic year.

At the University of Missouri

MATH 8411 (Algebra II), Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
MATH 8410 (Algebra I), Teaching Assistant and Reciatation Instructor, Fall 2016.
MATH 4720 (Introduction to Abstract Algebra) Recitation Instructor, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2017.
MATH 4140 (Matrix Theory) Instructor, Summer 2015, Summer 2017.
MATH 3000 (Introduction to Advanced Mathematics) Recitation Instructor, Fall 2016.
MATH 2320 (Discrete Mathematical Structures) Instructor, Spring 2017.
MATH 2300 (Calculus III) Instructor, Summer 2014, Summer 2016.
MATH 1700 (Calculus II) Recitation Instructor, Fall 2015.
MATH 1100 (College Algebra) Instructor, Fall 2013, Fall 2014.
MATH 0110 (Intermediate Algebra) Instructor, Spring 2014.