Benjamin McKenna

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I am currently on a Fulbright-Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation grant, doing postdoctoral mathematics research at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) under the supervision of László Erdős. My work is in probability, specifically random matrices and the geometry of high-dimensional random functions.

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.

In fall 2021, I was a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics at MSRI. In May 2021, I received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute, New York University, advised by Gérard Ben Arous and Paul Bourgade. My thesis is here. Previously, I was an undergraduate at The University of Chicago.

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




I am not currently teaching, but in fall 2021 I gave two 90-minute videotaped guest lectures in Gérard Ben Arous's graduate course Random Matrices and Random Landscapes at UC Berkeley, mostly talking about the first two papers above. The first lecture is here and the second lecture is here.