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Contact information:

Room 412,
  School of Mathematics & Statistics,
University of Glasgow,
15 University Gardens,
Glasgow G12 8QW, UK.

  tara dot brendle at glasgow dot ac dot uk

Phone: +44 (141) 330-6361
Fax: +44 (141) 330 4111

Tara E. Brendle

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and was recently inducted into membership of the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  I currently serve on the School Management Committee and as Convenor of the Mathematics Learning & Teaching Committee.  Additionally, I represent the Edinburgh Mathematical Society as a member of the London Mathematical Society's Women in Mathematics Committee.

After receiving my Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 2002, I spent three years as a VIGRE Assistant Professor at Cornell University, followed by three years as an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University.  I also spent a semester as a fellow at MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) in Berkeley, California, in 2007. 


My work is in geometric group theory, an area that lies in the intersection of algebra and low-dimensional topology.  I am particularly interested in mapping class groups of surfaces, including braid groups, and their relationship to automorphism groups of free groups and arithmetic groups. 

Current PhD Students:

  • Charalampos Stylianakis

Former PhD Students:

  • Leah Childers, Assistant Professor, Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas; PhD 2010, Louisiana State University
  • Neil Fullarton, G. C. Evans Instructor (Postdoctoral Position), Rice University, Houston, Texas; PhD 2014, University of Glasgow


In 2014-15, I am teaching 4H Algebraic and Geometric Topology.

Other courses I have taught at Glasgow include Maths 1R (Algebra), Maths 2D, 3H Algebra, 4H Discrete Mathematics, 4H Galois Theory, and 5M Advanced Group Theory.