Chris Elliott
A valuable collaboration

Chris Elliott

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Amherst College
Seeley Mudd Building
31 Quadrangle Dr
Amherst, MA 01002

Office: Science Center E206
Tel: (413) 542-5893.
E-mail: celliott AT amherst DOT edu

A pdf copy of my CV is available here.

I am a visiting assistant professor in mathematics at Amherst College. I'm interested in mathematical constructions in classical and quantum field theories using derived algebraic geometry. For example, I think about:

A more detailed description of some of my interests can be found in my research statement (current as of December 2021). I also have a (somewhat older) non-technical description of my research.


Papers and Preprints

  1. Defects via factorization algebras (joint with Ivan Contreras and Owen Gwilliam),
  2. The derived pure spinor formalism as an equivalence of categories (joint with Fabian Hahner and Ingmar Saberi),
  3. Framed E_n-Algebras from Quantum Field Theory (joint with Owen Gwilliam),
  4. Higher Deformation Quantization for Kapustin-Witten Theories (joint with Owen Gwilliam and Brian Williams),
  5. Quantum Geometric Langlands Categories from N = 4 Super Yang-Mills Theory (joint with Philsang Yoo),
  6. Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: a view from derived geometry (joint with Owen Gwilliam), Journal of Geometry and Physics, Vol 162, 2021,
  7. Holomorphic Poisson Field Theories (joint with Brian Williams), Higher Structures, Vol 5, Issue 1, 2021,
  8. A Taxonomy of Twists of Supersymmetric Yang-Mills Theory (joint with Pavel Safronov and Brian Williams), accepted for publication in Selecta Mathematica,
  9. Multiplicative Hitchin Systems and Supersymmetric Gauge Theory (joint with Vasily Pestun), Selecta Mathematica, Vol 25, Issue 64, 2019,
  10. Topological Twists of Supersymmetric Algebras of Observables (joint with Pavel Safronov), Communications in Mathematical Physics, Vol 371, pages 727-786, 2019,
  11. A Physical Origin for Singular Support Conditions in Geometric Langlands (joint with Philsang Yoo), Communications in Mathematical Physics, Vol 368, Issue 3, Pages 985-1050, 2019,
  12. Asymptotic Freedom in the BV Formalism (joint with Brian Williams and Philsang Yoo), Journal of Geometry and Physics, Vol 123, January 2018, Pages 246-283,
  13. Geometric Langlands Twists of N=4 Gauge Theory from Derived Algebraic Geometry (joint with Philsang Yoo), Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, Vol 22, Number 3, Pages 615-708, 2018,
  14. Abelian Duality for Generalised Maxwell Theories, Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry, Vol 22, Issue 22, 2019, (poster).

You can also read my thesis, which is a combination of the last two papers above, with an expository introduction and some remarks on future work.

Conferences and Workshops


  • From 2019 to 2022 I organised the UMass Representation Theory Seminar together with Tina Kanstrup.
  • In March-July 2020 I organised an online working seminar on Quantum field theory, representation theory and geometry together with Brian Williams. If you would like to join the mailing list for announcements of any future lectures, click here to sign up.
  • In January-March 2015 I co-organised a learning seminar on Instantons and the Nekrasov Partition Function with Philsang Yoo and Brian Williams.
  • In January-March 2014 I co-organised a reading seminar on papers in geometric representation theory with Aron Heleodoro. We read and discussed important papers from geometric representation theory in the last forty years.
  • In October-November 2013 I co-organised a learning seminar on String Topology with Brian Williams, focusing on string topology as part of a partially extended 2d topological field theory.
  • In April-June 2013 I co-organised a learning seminar on S-duality with Kevin Costello.
  • In February 2012 I organised a preseminar for the Simons Center Workshop on SUSY Gauge Theory. Hiro Tanaka compiled a partial list of notes from the participant talks here.

    Notes I've Written

    My notes from the 2012 Notre Dame Graduate Summer School on Topology and Field Theories.
    Last modified Tuesday December 9th, 2020.

    UMass Mathematics home page.