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Jennifer Johnson-Leung

Assistant Professor
University of Idaho
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Jennifer Johnson-Leung
Department of Mathematics
PO Box 441103
University of Idaho
Moscow ID 83844-1103

Office Hours:

303 Brink Hall
Thursday 12-2pm and by appointment.


My primary research area is number theory, including arithmetic geometry and automorphic representation theory. (Show/Hide Research Summary).
I study Siegel modular forms, automorphic representations of $\GSp(4)$, and abelian surfaces. My work is motivated by several theorems in the case of elliptic curves and elliptic modular forms that are conjectured to generalize to genus two. In particular, I am interested in the paramodular conjecture and the equivariant Tamagawa number conjecture. The paramodular conjecture states that every simple abelian surface which is not of $\GL(2)$-type is paramodular in the sense that if $N$ is the conductor of the abelian surface, then there is a Siegel modular form of paramodular level $N$. The equivariant Tamagawa number conjecture on special values of $L$-functions unifies and generalizes the Dedekind class number formula, the generalized Stark's conjectures, and the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture.
In addition, I spend some time thinking about Math Education(Show/Hide MathEd Summary)
As a Co-PI on the Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit MSP grant, I had the opportunity to work with teachers of 4th through 12th grade to develop methods and activities that encourage active learning while giving access to learners at various levels. I am working to apply what I have learned through working with teachers to my classrooms at the graduate and undergraduate level.
If you are interested in doing research with me, please read my advice for students if you are interested in doing research with me or if you need a letter of recommendation.

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I have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Idaho since 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at Idaho, I was an instructor at Brandeis University for 2 years. I received my PhD in 2005 from Caltech under the direction of Matthias Flach. I am also an alumna of The College of William and Mary (1998). I enjoy working and playing in Moscow, Idaho with my husband and four children.

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