Nicola Tarasca

Nicola Tarasca, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave., room 4173


  • PhD in Mathematics, Humboldt University in Berlin and Berlin Mathematical School, Germany, 2012 [Thesis: "Geometric cycles in moduli spaces of curves"; Adviser: Dr. Gavril Farkas]
  • Master en Mathématiques Fondamentales, Pierre and Marie Curie University, France, 2008 [Thesis: "Seshadri constants of Abelian varieties"; Adviser: Marc Hindry]
  • Laurea Triennale in Mathematics, University of Tor Vergata in Rome, Italy, 2006

Research Interests

Tarasca's research interests are centered around the geometry and combinatorics of curves and their moduli spaces. In his work, he explores higher codimensional subvarieties, the enumerative geometry of general pointed curves, and modern Schubert calculus. Recently, he has also been interested in geometric realizations of conformal vertex algebras.

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Professional Appointments

  • Since 2019: Assistant Professor in Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
  • 2017-2019: Hill Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, USA
  • Jan-Jul 2017: Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, University of Georgia, USA
  • Jul-Dec 2016: Fields Postdoctoral Fellow, Fields Institute, Canada
  • 2013-2016: Research Assistant Professor, University of Utah, USA
  • 2011-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany