Hannah Larson, PhD

2017 Hertz Fellow

Hannah Larson is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Starting in Fall 2023, she will join the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor.

Larson’s work is in the field of algebraic geometry, particularly algebraic curves. Through her doctoral work at Stanford University, she explained the unexpected behavior of the maps certain special curves admit to projective spaces. Using a new invariant called the splitting type, her results give a new understanding of when curves with certain properties exist.

Larson conducted her undergraduate studies in mathematics at Harvard University. She was born in Seattle, Washington, but spent most of her childhood in Eugene, Oregon. Larson fell in love with math during her junior year of high school, when she took an abstract algebra class at the University of Oregon and became involved in a research project on fusion categories with Professor Victor Ostrik (a project for which she won 4th place at the Intel Science Talent Search and a Davidson Fellowship).

Larson is also an avid musician, playing cello with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and piano with the Harvard-Radcliffe MIHNUET (a volunteer group that performs at nursing homes and hospitals). In her free time, she enjoys running, swimming, and playing soccer and ultimate frisbee.

“The Hertz Fellowship is an incredible opportunity to take your research in the directions you want. There is a vibrant community of fellows working in a wide range of areas that is exciting to be part of.”
– Hannah Larson

Graduate Studies

Stanford University
Mathematics
Brill–Noether theory over the Hurwitz space