Alexander Woo

Office: Brink Hall 312
Office hours: By appointment in the summer; TBA and by appointment in the Fall. You are welcome to drop in anytime my door is open (and if my door is closed, knock and ask).
Office phone: (208)-885-6741

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Idaho.

Courses and Teaching

This Fall I will be teaching Math 315: Topics in Pure Mathematics and Math 579: Combinatorics. I will be covering map coloring and voting in Math 315. Math 579 will cover the first 3 chapters and bits of the 4th in Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics book.


If you are an undergraduate student and interested in trying to solve unsolved problems about drawing graphs (the kind with vertices and edges, not the kind you see in Calculus), combinatorics of permutations, or solving nonlinear equations involving determinants, please get in touch. It is much easier to talk and hear about problems than to read and write about them, so I haven't written anything to put up here. (Besides, I might want to save some of these problems for students rather than broadcasting them to everyone.)

If you are a graduate student interested in working in enumerative, algebraic, or geometric combinatorics or in more concrete aspects of algebraic geometry or commutative algebra, please talk to me.

If perchance you are looking at this web page and not one of my students or potential students, then you are probably interested in my research. Briefly put, I try to find things out about the algebraic geometry and combinatorics of Schubert varieties and related objects. You can look at my papers and talks. If you want the list of almost everything I have done as a mathematician, here is my Curriculum Vita.

Old Job Materials

I think it is a worthwhile service for people who are interested knowing about the job search process in mathematics (which includes but is not limited to potential mathematicians) to see some examples of what applicants submit as part of their applications. I have posted some parts of my old applications,