About Me
For 20232024, I am an Instructor at Lawrence University.
I was at the University of Georgia through the spring of 2022. Previously I was at Vanderbilt University from 2017, and an FWF Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Analysis and Number Theory at Graz University of Technology from 2014. I was also a visitor at the ESI at the University of Vienna and ICERM at Brown University, and a summer researcher at MSRI and the Aspen Center for Physics. Due to the COVID19 lockdown, I was a remote visitor at the Fields Institute in 2021 and the ESI in 2022.
I studied at Haverford College and the University of Pittsburgh.
Over the years, my research has been partially supported by some these institutions, the FWF, and the NSF in a variety of forms.
Recently, I have been studying and teaching a great deal of probability and statistics. If you want some reasons why a mathematician should do that, I refer you to Mumford’s “The Dawning of the Age of Stochasticity”.
I am interested in problems of discrete geometry and geometric optimization that are approachable by synthetic or analytic means and those where brute force computation is becoming tractable.
Right now I am thinking about:
 Critical density in packings of anisotropic objects
 The quality of point sets on the sphere
 Configuration spaces of hard disks
 Hyperuniform structures in the compact setting
 Topologically sweeping rope
I am also interested in building physical models of some of these things.
Snow from yesterday:

Packing problems are in the news! Viazovska is awarded the Fields Medal for her solution to the 8 dimensional sphere packing problem. See also her work on tdesigns….
Other information may be found in my CV (~2023) or my short Research Statement (~2020).
For search purposes it may be helpful to consider my name as Woden Kusner or Woeden Kusner.
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Teaching
This fall I will be teaching MATH 103.
Research
My research papers by type: journal papers; preprints.