My name is Jonad Pulaj and I am currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Mathematics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. As a full-time faculty member, I further my research in extremal combinatorics and teach introductory and advanced math classes. I am a dedicated teacher and am committed to active learning and collaboration as well as diversity and inclusion. Please see here for more on my teaching philosophy and experience.
I completed my B.S. in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 and subsequently moved to Berlin on a full scholarship from the Berlin Mathematical School. After finishing my qualifying exams at the Technische Universität Berlin, I began my research under the direction of Martin Grötschel and joined the interdisciplinary Zuse Institute Berlin where I gained expertise in combinatorial optimization and algorithmic discrete mathematics. My own research interests apply these techniques to theoretical questions in extremal combinatorics, which resulted in my dissertation titled “Cutting Planes for Union-Closed Families” and the completion of my PhD degree in November 2017. Please see here for more information about my dissertation, current research interests, as well as preprints and publications.