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Nir Avni

PhD, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Nir Avni received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008. He held a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professorship at Harvard University before joining the faculty of Northwestern in 2012.

Avni’s research is on algebraic and arithmetic groups, using tools from different areas of mathematics including dynamics, probability, logic, and representation theory. Avni was awarded the 2009 Levitzky Prize in Algebra from the Israel Mathematical Union, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2014 and Simons Fellowships in 2019 and 2023.