Hannah Keese

I'm a teaching project postdoctoral fellow in the mathematics department at the University of British Columbia. I'm particularly interested in active learning methods and making mathematics accessible to a wide audience. My past research was in geometric representation theory.

126F Leonard S. Klinck building
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Email: hkeese at math dot ubc dot ca
me, posing with the Olivetti club trophy, which has a chicken on top.  There is a poster of (much better) women in mathematics behind me.


Samples of my teaching materials are here.

I'm currently designing active learning materials for matrix algebra and multivariable calculus at UBC. I'm happy to share activities with anyone who is interested in implementing something similar.
Here's a picture of me teaching multivariable calculus drawn by one of my students, Wen Shan:
a cute drawing of me teaching multivariable integration.  The picture also includes drawings of some of my students

I was a member of the Cornell Active Learning in Mathematics team, and have helped to develop some active learning materials for calculus 1 and linear algebra.


In 2017, 2018 and 2019 I was one of the workshop leaders at Cornell's Expanding Your Horizons, running activities in topology such as paper cutting with Möbius strips, recognising knots and tic-tac-toe on the torus.
In 2017 I ran the Math Explorers' Club, on groups and symmetry. A picture of me teaching at the MEC is still on the maths department's website as of April 2024!
In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 I co-taught mathematics classes through the Cornell Prison Education Program.
In 2018 I taught a course on Knot Theory at Ithaca High School.

Ithaca High School Math Seminar notes and projects


In Spring 2017 and Spring 2019 I co-organised the Cornell maths graduate seminar (Olivetti club).


In 2014, I completed my honours year at the Australian National University under the supervision of Anthony Licata. A copy of my honours thesis on current algebras, categorification and annular Khovanov homology, can be found here. Together with Hilary Hunt, Tony Licata and Scott Morrison, I contributed to a note on computing annular Khovanov homology.

I spent the 2015-2016 academic year completing a master's degree at Université Paris 13 and Université Paris 7. In 2016 I wrote my final dissertation on geometric representations of graded and rational Cherednik algebras under the supervision of Eric Vasserot.

I completed my PhD in Pure Mathematics at Cornell University in 2023 under the supervision of Professor Allen Knutson, studying Lagrangian correspondences in the context of Schubert calculus.

Interesting teaching-related projects

Cornell Active Learning in Mathematics a group of inspiring people working on active learning materials in the Cornell mathematics department.

Plom a free online grading system that I have used extensively while at UBC.


Outisde of maths, I like to play the viola (and violin). I especially love to play chamber music, and have also greatly enjoyed playing with various orchestras over the years, including: