Jonathan M. Smith

Taken at Olympic National Park during a road trip in 2021.

My wife Jenny and I.


I am currently a PhD candidate in mathematics at the University of South Carolina. My advisor is Dr. Alex Duncan, and I intend to graduate in the spring of 2024.

I am originally from Pennsylvania, but I received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and philosophy at Liberty University in Virginia. I moved to South Carolina in 2019.


Office: LeConte 413


My research is broadly in algebraic geometry, but I am particularly interested in birational geometry, Galois cohomology, Fano varieties, and Cremona groups. Recently I have been investigating automorphisms of del Pezzo surfaces over general fields.


In the Fall of 2023, I am teaching Math 111: Basic College Mathematics.

I have taught undergraduate math courses ranging from introductory college algebra to vector calculus. See my teaching page for a list of these courses.

In 2021, I taught math for secondary school students at Grace Community Academy, a small Christian private school in Columbia.

Other Events

During the 2023 - 2024 academic year, I will be a peer mentor under Dr. Sean Yee through the peer mentorship program in the mathematics department at UofSC.

I am a participant of the AGCA Student Seminar and a member of the SCAGNT group at UofSC.

In fall 2023, Uttaran Dutta is leading a learning seminar on new approaches to the minimal model program. The webpage can be found here.