Megumi Harada

Associate Professor and
Canada Research Chair
(Tier 2)
Mathematics and Statistics
McMaster University

Photo credit: Professor Dong Youp Suh

Office: Hamilton Hall Room 325 (full contact information)

Office hours: Mondays 11:30AM--1:30PM and Thursdays 1:30PM--2:30PM or by appointment

E mail: Megumi.Harada at


I am teaching Math 1C03 (Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning) and Math 3EE (Rings and Fields) in the Winter 2017 term.


Check my Math Activities page for research/math events I'm organizing or am otherwise a part of.

  • I was an organizer of the Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry Major Thematic Program at the Fields Institute held from July to December 2016.
  • As of December 2014, I am a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Equivariant Symplectic and Algebraic Geometry, for a 5-year term.
  • I was a 2013-2014 recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan.
  • I was the 2013-2014 recipient of the Association for Women in Mathematics Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize.
  • I was on the air on CBC's radio show ``Fresh Air'' in conversation with host Mary Ito about the day-to-day mathematics of Christmas-season shopping in November 2010. You can listen to the interview at this CBC Fresh Air website (click on the 0800 segment).
  • I spent the Spring 2010 semester at MSRI (Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) in Berkeley, taking part in the ``Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology'' year-long program.
  • I gave a McMaster Origins Institute Colloquium titled ``Visualizing geometry: the shape of space in higher dimensions'' in March 2009. The video recording is available through McMaster or via iTunes University.
  • I received the Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2008, a 5-year award given by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation to young researchers in the province.
  • As representatives of the McMaster Department of Math and Stats, one of my former students (Carolyn Junkins) and I participated in the making of an on-line video ``Stories of Science'' series (made by the Science Media lab) for the Faculty of Science at McMaster. See the results at this Science at Mac site.
  • I participated in Dr. George Gadanidis' (Faculty of Education, U Western Ontario) Windows into Elementary Mathematics project (website hosted by the Fields Institute), an on-line resource for elementary-school mathematics teachers, via an exploration of spherical geometry, plus an interview about what it's like to be a mathematician. The resulting educational module and the interviews are available here.
  • I received the University Faculty Award in 2007, a 5-year research award given by NSERC to young women faculty in mathematics and the sciences.
  • I was one of 10 finalists in TV Ontario's "Best Lecturer in Ontario 2005 " (the "intellectual's Canadian Idol") competition. As part of the competition for the final winner, I gave a televised public lecture on mathematics titled "Symmetry: Nature, Art, and Mathematics," aired October 2005 on TV Ontario's Big Ideas program. You can download the audio of my lecture here.
  • During the 2005-2006 academic year, I regularly appeared on TV Ontario's "More 2 Life" program with host Mary Ito, discussing mathematics in everyday life.

Research Interests

My research is in equivariant symplectic geometry. Symplectic geometry is the mathematical framework for classical physics. Equivariant symplectic geometry concerns the study of symmetries of spaces with symplectic structures, as encoded by a Hamiltonian Lie group action (i.e. there exists a moment map on M encoding the action by Hamiltonian flows). My main research interest is to explore the relationships of equivariant symplectic geometry with other areas of mathematics, such as equivariant algebraic geometry, hyperkahler geometry, geometric representation theory, Schubert calculus, combinatorics, and equivariant topology.