Adam Lizzi came to Kenyon in the fall of 2018 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park. Adam's research involves the study of mathematical objects called Jacobians of curves, which in recent years have become central players in many cryptographic systems. Specifically Adam is interested in relationships between Jacobians -- when does one of them "evenly cover" another?

Adam has a soft spot for various other computational problems that fall under the heading of number theory, the study of properties of integers (whole numbers). For instance, how does one go about efficiently breaking a large number down into its prime factors? Adam enjoys studying algorithms that solve this problem, as well as implementing them on computers.

When he's not teaching or thinking about math, he is probably playing games (most likely Magic: the Gathering), doing word puzzles (either a crossword or a game of his own invention), consuming media in Japanese, or watching unusual sports (his absolute favorite is curling).

## Areas of Expertise

Number theory, algebraic and arithmetic geometry.

## Education

2018 — PhD candidate from Univ Maryland College Park

2008 — Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College