Erik Slivken

I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of North Carolina Wilmington.   Previously I was a Krener Assistant Professor at UC Davis, a CNRS Postdoctoral Researcher under Cristina Toninelli at Laboratoire de Probabilités, Statistique et Modélisation (LPSM) at University of Paris VII, and a Visiting Instructor at Dartmouth College.  I received my Phd in Mathematics under Christopher Hoffman in 2014 from the University of Washington.

My research is a mix of probability and combinatorics with connections to theoretical computer science and statistical mechanics.  I work on a variety of topics:  random permutations and permutations patterns, discrete stochastic processes, bootstrap percolation, etc.  I am particularly interested in the limiting behaviors of discrete systems.  Given a combinatorial family of objects, what can we say about  the shape and statistics of a typical large object in the family?  For some stochastic process, what is the long term behavior of the process and how sensitive is the behavior with respect to initial conditions?    

A list of papers with links to arxiv preprints can be found under Research.  Also listed are past and upcoming talks.  

Here is my CV.

I can be reached at slivkene[at]