Joshua Brakensiek

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I am joining Stanford University in Fall 2018 as a PhD student in Computer Science, supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a minor in Science, Technology and Society as a Knaster-McWilliams Scholar. While there, my advisor in the Honors Program was the truly excellent Venkatesan Guruswami. My CV is available here.


Broadly construed, my research interests lie in the application of mathematics to computer science, particularly in algebraic and geometric contexts.

Since Fall 2014, I have been working with Venkatesan Guruswami in various areas of theoretical computer science, including coding theory and hardness of approximation. Most recently, we have been interested in the construction of algorithms inspired by the universal algebraic structure of constraint satisfaction problems and variants.

Since Spring 2017, I have also been a member of Keenan Crane's Geometry Collective.

Publications and Manuscripts


Professional Service

Selected Awards

In high school, I participated in various mathematics and computer science competitions.


I am a class of 2012 alumnus of the Research Science Institute.

The following photograph I took of Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona appears in the Mathematical Association of America's 100th anniversary calendar: