Ben Briggs

I am now a postdoc in the MSRI complementary program. Previously I was a postdoc at the University of Utah, and before that I got my PhD in Toronto in 2018 under Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz. Here is my CV.

I think about problems in commutative algebra and representation theory, often borrowing ideas from algebraic topology.

briggs at math dot utah dot edu

Papers, etc.

Maximal tori in HH1 and the fundamental group (2021) Arxiv
with Lleonard Rubio y Degrassi
Rigidity properties of the cotangent complex (2020) Arxiv and CHAMP seminar talk on this
with Srikanth Iyengar
Constructing non-proxy small test modules for the complete intersection property (2020) Nagoya Mathematical Journal, Arxiv,
with Eloísa Grifo and Josh Pollitz
Locally complete intersection maps and the proxy small property (2021) International Mathematics Research Notices, Arxiv
with Srikanth Iyengar, Janina Letz and Josh Pollitz,
also recorded talk about this at the 2020 Zoom Special Session on Commutative Algebra
Stable invariance of the restricted Lie algebra structure of Hochschild cohomology (2020) Arxiv and FD seminar talk on this
with Lleonard Rubio y Degrassi
Vasconcelos' conjecture on the conormal module (2021) Inventiones Mathematicae, Arxiv
also recorded talk about this at the Fellowship of the Ring seminar ,
and two talks about this at the IIT Bombay Virtual Commutative Algebra seminar
Hochschild cohomology of twisted tensor products (2020) Arxiv
with Sarah Witherspoon
The A-infinity Centre of the Yoneda Algebra and the Characteristic Action of Hochschild Cohomology on the Derived Category (2017) Arxiv
with Vincent Gélinas
Matrix Factorisations Arising From Well-Generated Complex Reflection Groups (2020) Journal of Algebra, Arxiv
Lusternik-Schnirelmann Category in Commutative Algebra and The Homotopy Lie Algebras (2018) C. R. Math. Rep. Acad. Sci. Canada
Local Commutative Algebra and Hochschild Cohomology Through the Lens of Koszul Duality (2018) Thesis


I am coeditor in a project to typeset and publish Ragnar-Olaf Buchweitz' famous manuscript Maximal Cohen-Macaulay Modules and Tate-Cohomology Over Gorenstein Rings, and add few new appendices, with Luchezar Avramov, Srikanth Iyengar and Janina Letz
DG Methods in Commutative Algebra and Representation Theory, coorganised with Janina Letz and Josh Pollitz
Maybe you would be interested in Adimom
And if you are interested in education maybe you would be interested in my sister's conceptual learning transfer course
Just Mathematics Collective


I am lucky to be working (or have worked) with the following interesting people

Steven Amelotte (University of Rochester)
Raphael Bennett-Tennenhaus (University of Leeds)
Vincent Gélinas (Independent)
Eloísa Grifo (University of California, Riverside)
Srikanth Iyengar (University of Utah)
Janina Letz (Bielefeld University)
Jian Liu (University of Science and Technology of China)
Daniel McCormick (University of Utah)
Josh Pollitz (University of Utah)
Lleonard Rubio y Degrassi (University of Padova)
Greg Stevenson (University of Glasgow)
Sarah Witherspoon (Texas A&M University)