Christopher R. Cornwell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Fisher Endowed Chair

Dr. Chris Cornwell

Contact Information

7800 York Road, Room 327


Ph.D., Mathematics
Michigan State University
B.S. & M.S., Mathematics
Brigham Young University

Areas of Expertise



Dr. Cornwell joined the faculty at Towson University in 2016. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University, and received his doctorate from Michigan State University. After his graduate work he held postdoctoral positions at Duke University and University of Quebec in Montreal.

His research has focused on studying questions in low-dimensional topology (he spends most of his time in dimension 3) by using both algebraic and geometric tools. He has presented his research at numerous conferences, seminars, and colloquia.

Recent Publications

  • KCH representations, augmentations, and A-polynomials, to appear in Journal of Symplectic Geometry.
  • Augmentation rank of satellites with braid pattern (with D. Hemminger), to appear in Communications in Analysis and Geometry.
  • Obstructions to Lagrangian Concordance (with L. Ng and S. Sivek), Algebraic and Geometric Topology 16 (2016), 797-824.
  • Knot contact homology and representations of knot groups, Journal of Topology 7 (2014), 1221-1242.
  • A polynomial invariant for links in lens spaces, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications 21 (2012), #1250060 (31 pages).
  • Bennequin type inequalities in lens spaces, International Mathematics Research Notices 2012, 1890-1916.