Research in Mathematical Logic

Including model theory, recursion theory, and set theory

We have a large active group of researchers in several core areas of mathematical logic, including model theory, recursion theory and set theory. A number of members of the logic group belong to the Group in Logic and Methodology of Science, which runs a bi-weekly colloquium and has its own graduate students.


Undergraduate upper division courses

Math 125A. Mathematical logic.
Math 135. Set theory.
Math 136. Incompleteness and Undecidability.

Graduate courses

Math 225A-225B. Metamathematics.
Math 227A. Theory of recursive functions.
Math 229. Theory of models.
Math 235A. Theory of sets.
Math 236. Metamathematics of Set Theory.



Math 290. Recursion Theory, Leo Harrington and Theodore Slaman
Math 290. Model Theory, Tom Scanlon
Math 290. Inner Model Theory, John Steel

Senate Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
John W. Addison Jr. Professor Emeritus Theory of definability, Descriptive set theory, Model theory, Recursive function theory
Leo Anthony Harrington Professor Emeritus Recursion theory, Model theory, Set theory
Ralph McKenzie Professor Emeritus General algebra, Logic
Antonio Montalbán Professor Mathematical logic, computability theory
Thomas Scanlon Professor Model theory and applications to number theory
Pierre Simon Associate Professor Model theory
Theodore A. Slaman Professor Recursion theory, mathematical logic
Robert M. Solovay Professor Emeritus Mathematical Logic
John R. Steel Professor Emeritus Set theory, Descriptive set theory, Fine structure
W. Hugh Woodin Professor Emeritus Set theory, Large cardinals, Mathematical logic

Visiting Faculty

Name Title Research Interests
Martin Davis Visitor Logic, diophantine decision problems
C. Ward Henson Visitor Continuous logic and model theory of metric structures; nonstandard analysis
Dana Scott Visitor Foundations of logic and mathematics, semantics of programming languages
Carol Wood Visitor Model theory and its interactions with algebra and combinatorics


Name Title Research Interests
Sebastian Eterović RTG Post-doctoral Scholar Arithmetic geometry, model theory
Gabriel Goldberg NSF Postdoctoral Fellow Set theory, large cardinals, inner model theory, infinite combinatorics

Faculty with Related Research Interests

Name Title Research Interests
George M. Bergman Professor Emeritus, Professor of the Graduate School Associative rings, Universal algebra and category theory, Counterexamples

Graduate Students

Name Dissertation Supervisor
Jordan Brown
Reid RG Dale Thomas Scanlon, Wesley Holliday
Patrick Lutz Ted Slaman
Guillaume Massas
Matthew McCauley
Ronan O'Gorman
Shoshana Simons
Mariana Vicaria Thomas Scanlon, Pierre Simon
James Walsh Antonio Montalbán
Rebecca Whitman
Kentarô Yamamoto

Recent Ph.D.s

Name Dissertation Title Dissertation Supervisor Year
Daniel Fremont Algorithmic Improvisation Sanjit Seshia 2019
James Gardner Moody Computable Continuous Structure Theory Antonio Montalban, Theodore Slaman 2019
Alexander Kocurek What Can You Say? Measuring the Expressive Power of Languages   Wesley Holliday, Seth Yalcin 2018
Nick Ramsey Independence, Amalgamation, and Trees   Tom Scanlon 2018
Matthew Harrison-Trainor The Complexity of Countable Structures Antonio Montalbán 2017
Michael Wan Towards a model theory of almost complex manifolds Thomas Scanlon 2017
Will Johnson Fun with Fields 2016
Alex Kruckman Infinitary Limits of Finite Structures Thomas Scanlon 2016
Lawrence Valby 2015