Owen Gwilliam

I am an associate professor in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before coming to UMass in the fall of 2018, I spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. Before that, I was an NSF postdoc at UC Berkeley following graduate school at Northwestern.


My research revolves around quantum field theory, focusing both on applications of homotopical ideas to QFT itself and applications of QFT to geometry and representation theory. My books and papers are described below.

There are several other projects at various stages of development. If you'd like to know more, feel free to contact me.

Notes and videos


With Claudia Scheimbauer, I taught a course on derived deformation theory and Koszul duality at the University of Bonn in 2016. Here is our website.

I've also been lucky to be an organizer of several conferences (at MPIM, the Simons Center, Banff, IBS-CGP, and Oberwolfach).

In 2022 and 2023 we ran summer schools with co-organizers Chris Elliott, Matteo Lotito, and Samantha Kirk. We will do that for the next several years.