Joe Harris (mathematician)

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Joe Harris
Born (1951-08-17) August 17, 1951
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Phillip Griffiths
Doctoral students

Joseph Daniel Harris (born August 17, 1951), known nearly universally as Joe Harris, is a mathematician at Harvard University working in the field of algebraic geometry. He attended college at and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1978 under Phillip Griffiths.

During the 1980s he was on the faculty of Brown University, moving to Harvard around 1988. He served as chair of the department at Harvard from 2002 to 2005. His work is characterized by its classical geometric flavor: he has claimed that nothing he thinks about could not have been imagined by the Italian geometers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and that if he has had greater success than them, it is because he has access to better tools.

Harris is well known for several of his books on algebraic geometry, notable for their informal presentations:

Harris has supervised 41 Ph.D. students (as of 2012), including James McKernan, Rahul Pandharipande, Zvezdelina Stankova and Ravi Vakil.


  1. Lipman, Joseph (1980). "Review: Principles of algebraic geometry, by Phillip Griffiths and Joseph Harris" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 2 (1): 197–200. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1980-14717-5.
  2. Ciliberto, Ciro (1999). "Review: Moduli of curves, by J. Harris and I. Morrison" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 36 (4): 499–503. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-99-00791-0.
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