Julia Pevtsova is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Her research interests lie in the area of Representation Theory where she explores ways of understanding algebraic structures through their geometric properties.
Julia earned her M.S. in Mathematics from the St. Petersburg State University in her beloved native city of Saint Petersburg, Russia, where it rains as much as it rains in Seattle. Since then, she has been gradually drifting westward. She got her Ph.D from Northwestern University in 2002 and after a year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, moved to the West Coast, first to Oregon, and then to Washington.
Julia's favorite times during her high school years were spent in the Math Summer Camp where she went every year. She had a chance to visit some exotic places which were still a part of soon-to-vanish Soviet Union while traveling to National Math Competitions. She won a silver medal at the International Math Olympiad in 1992. Immediately upon graduation from high school she became an instructor at the same Math Camp she was attending as a kid and enjoyed going there for a few more years, sharing her enthusiasm for mathematics with the "next generation".