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


In Spring 2015 I am teaching Math 546.

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

Interesting in having my 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.


I am currently advising 1 undergraduate David Galban and 1 PhD student Tyler Lewis. Interested in working with me? Check out the advise 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.


Number Theory, Algebraic Geometry, and Commutative Algebra Seminar: Spring 2015.

Graduate reading course on algebraic geometry: Spring 2015, Fall 2014.

Seminar on vector bundles on abelian varieties: Summer 2014.

Seminar on moduli of abelian varieties: Fall 2012, Summer 2013 .

Video Lectures Expository Notes Conferences Organized

Me in Hannover next to the gravestone of Raphael Levi.