Benjamin McKenna

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I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in mathematics at the Courant Institute, New York University, advised by Gérard Ben Arous and Paul Bourgade, planning to graduate in May 2021.

My research is in probability theory, specifically random matrices and the geometry of high-dimensional random functions.

In Fall 2021, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at MSRI. In Spring 2022, I will be on a Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation grant at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, under the supervision of László Erdős. Starting Fall 2022, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications, under the supervision of Horng-Tzer Yau.

I co-organize the Courant Student Probability Seminar with Hong-Bin Chen, Elias Hess-Childs, and Tim Kunisky.

Previously, I was an undergraduate at The University of Chicago.

My email is mckenna (at) Here is my CV.