Jesse Leo Kass

Department of Mathematics  
University of South Carolina  
1523 Greene Street  
Columbia, South Carolina 29208  

Office: LeConte 317J  
Fax: 803-777-7520 
Email: kassj **at**

Curriculum Vitae

I am an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina. I work in algebraic geometry. My current work focuses on abelian varieties, compactified Jacobians, moduli of sheaves and related topics.

During college, I worked at the Ross Mathematics Program at the Ohio State University for several summers. The program is a six week long residential program for high school students. I highly recommend the program! It is an excellent experience for talented students interested in mathematics.

Research Papers

Research projects sponsored by the National Security Agency under Grant Number H98230-15-1-0264 and the Simons Foundation under Award Number 429929. The United States Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints notwithstanding any copyright notation herein.


  • MATH 546 (Fall 2016).
  • MATH 141 (Fall 2016).

    If you are an undergraduate thinking of asking me for a letter of recommendation, please read Keith Conrad’s page.

    Interesting in having me sit on your thesis committee? I require a draft of your thesis 1 month in advance of your defense.

    Students who have attended my classes have gone to have successful careers in law, medicine, science, and professional football.

    When I was a graduate student, I had the honor of being a course assistant for the 7th most ridiculous-sounding math class offered at a liberal-arts college. The movie trailer for the class can be found here.


    Frank Thorne and I are assisting Marcus Neal and Patrick Rybarczyk in running the Columbia Math Circle. The Math Circle is a weekend math program for middle school and high schools students interested in exploring math outside of school. If you are a South Carolina teenager or a mathematician interested in working with teenagers, I encourage you to participate. For details of the program, see this announcement email.


    Interested in working with me? Check out the advice pages of Jordan Ellenberg, Kiran Kedlaya, Bjorn Poonen, Hal Schenk, and David Zureick-Brown.

    Current University of South Carolina graduate students are advised to read this FAQ about graduation requirements.


    Video Lectures Expository Notes Conferences, Workshops, and Sessions Organized

    Me in Hannover next to the gravestone of Raphael Levi.