I am a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ohio State University. My research interests include various interactions of topology and geometry with probability, statistical physics, and combinatorics.

You can email me at mkahle (AT SYMBOL) DEPT.UNIVERSITY.edu.

I am currently advising PhD students Shreeya Behera, Chris Donnay, Chloe Ireland, Tyson Trauger, and Amber Wu.

My former PhD students:

  • Andrew Vander Werf (2023, OSU, co-advised with Elliot Paquette) is a postdoc at Brown University
  • Ayat Ababneh (2022, OSU) is a tenure-track assistant professor at University of Jordan
  • Paul Duncan (2022, OSU) is a postdoc at Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Jimin Kim (2022, OSU) is a Business Insights Specialist at TD Bank
  • Francisco Martinez Figueroa (2022, OSU) is a postdoc at University of South Florida
  • Katherine Ritchey (2019, OSU) is a tenure-track assistant professor at University of Mount Union.
  • Andrew Newman (2018, OSU) is a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon.
  • Érika Roldán (2018, CIMAT, co-advised with Víctor Pérez-Abreu) i​s currently leading the research group "Stochastic Topology and its applications" at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig.
  • Kyle Parsons (2017, OSU) is a data scientist at Root Insurance.
  • Greg Malen (2016, OSU) is a tenure-track assistant professor at Skidmore College.

Postdocs I've worked with:

  • Shu Kanazawa is a postdoc at Kyoto University
  • Benjamin Schweinhart is an assistant professor at George Mason University.
  • Hannah Alpert is an assistant professor at Auburn University.
  • Fedya Manin is an associate professor at UC Santa Barbara.
  • Izhar Oppenheim is a senior lecturer at Ben Gurion University.
  • Matthew Wright is an associate professor at St. Olaf College.

Places: faculty, Ohio State University (2011-present); Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2010-11); Samelson Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (2007-2010); PhD, University of Washington (2001-2007); M.S., Colorado State University (1999-2001)

Visiting positions: TU Berlin, Germany, 2019–2020; ICERM, Providence, Rhode Island, Autumn 2016; CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico, Summer 2016; IMA, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Spring 2014; MRSI, Berkeley, California, Autumn 2006; IAS-PCMI, Park City, Utah, Summer 2004

Awards: Mercator Fellow (2019), Fellow of the AMS (Class of 2019), Simons Fellow (2019), NSF CAREER (2014), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2012).

My Erdős number is two.


Department of Mathematics
The Ohio State University

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