Alex Fink

I am a Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London.

I am on sabbatical for the autumn 2016 semester, based at the Fields Institute in Toronto for the Thematic Programme on Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry.

Office: 406, Mathematics Building, Mile End campus (number 4 on this map)
Telephone: 020 7882 5520

Office hours: see my entry on the School's pages. Or email for an appointment.

Here is my CV.

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Teaching and tutoring

In Semester B, I will teach MTH4104, Introduction to Algebra.

In previous years I have taught an advanced graduate module on Enumerative Combinatorics at the London Taught Course Centre.


In 2017, on return from my sabbatical I will be one of two tutors for postgraduate admissions. Contact me if you have enquiries about postgraduate study in mathematics at Queen Mary.


During my sabbatical (see above), I am jointly organising the seminar of the thematic programme.

I will be organising the London Algebra Colloquium in the spring semester of 2017.

FPSAC will be held at Queen Mary from 9th to 13 July 2017. I am among the co-chairs of its scientific programme committee.


As part of my EPSRC grant I have hired Madhusudan Manjunath as a postdoc.

I have two current PhD students:


I belong to Queen Mary's algebra, combinatorics, and geometry and analysis research groups.

My research interests are principally in algebraic combinatorics, especially where commutative algebra or algebraic geometry apply; matroid theory and tropical geometry have been recent themes. I currently hold EPSRC grant EP/M01245X/1 Algebra and geometry of matroids.

Publications (and talk slides)

Journal articles, conference papers, preprints
Doctoral thesis
My thesis was titled Matroid polytope subdivisions and valuations. Aside from an introduction all its content appears in the papers above.

Expository writing, manuscripts