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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 UofSC and 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 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 regularly organize mathematical events, even virtual ones. For the full list of events, see the organizing page. If you are interested in participating, contact me.

For Spring 2020, I am on sabbatical and virtually at the University of Michigan.