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Address: Department of Mathematics
University of South Carolina
LeConte College
1523 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Office: LeConte College, Room 317M
Email: ballard@math.sc.edu
Phone: (803) 777-7529
Fax: (803) 777-6527

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina.

I study algebraic geometry and am particularly interested in questions arising from Homological Mirror Symmetry. Much of my current work focuses on derived categories and their relation to more classical questions. My research has been partially supported by the Simons Foundation and the National Science Foundation. It has also benefited from a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study and funding from the Southeastern Conference.

For more information about me, see my CV. For a research summary and a list of my papers, take a look at my research page.

For Fall 2020, I am teaching an honors section of Math 300, Transition to Advanced Mathematics, at UofSC. Information for students can be found on the Microsoft Teams class page. For a little of my pedagodical philosophy and experience, take a look at the teaching page. As an extension of teaching, I take pride in mentoring researchers at any stage. For a brief introduction to my mentees see the mentoring page.

I am organizing a few imminent mathematical events. A virtual BIRS workshop will be in November and virtual special session for the CMS winter meeting will be in December. For the full list of events, see the organizing page. If you are interested in participating, contact me.