Alan Reid joined the department on July 1st 2017 as the Edgar Odell Lovett Professor. He became Chair of the Department of Mathematics on July 1st 2018.
His research interests include geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and hyperbolic manifolds and their connections with number theory.
Reid obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of Aberdeen, UK under the direction of Dr. Colin Maclachlan. He was an instructor at the Ohio State University, a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, which he held at the University of Cambridge whilst also being a Fellow of Emmanuel College Cambridge. He joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1996. He was promoted to full professor in 2002 and was appointed the Pennzoil Company Regents Professor in 2005.
Reid is an elected fellow of the American Mathematical Society and is a former Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and recipient of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society Sir Edmund Whittaker Prize. He was invited to give a 45 minute invited address at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio De Janeiro, which is among the highest honors in mathematics.