Will Rushworth

I am a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University. I obtained my PhD from Durham University under the supervision of Andrew Lobb. My full CV is available here.

My mathematical interests are in low dimensional topology, including link homology and concordance.

I also have a blog about text book covers.


All comments very welcome.
  1. Minimal crossing number implies minimal supporting genus with Hans U. Boden. To appear in Bull. Lond. Math. Soc.. Preprint available here.
  2. On ribbon graphs and virtual links with Scott Baldridge and Louis Kauffman. Submitted. Preprint available here.
  3. Generalized Fishburn numbers and torus knots with Colin Bijaoui, Hans U. Boden, Beckham Myers, Robert Osburn, Aaron Tronsgard, and Shaoyang Zhou. J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 178, 2021. Preprint available here.
  4. Ascent concordance, to appear in Algebr. Geom. Topol.. Preprint available here.
  5. A parity for 2-colourable links, to appear in Osaka J. Math.. Preprint available here.
  6. Additional gradings on generalisations of Khovanov homology and invariants of embedded surfaces with Vassily Manturov, J. Knot Theory Ramifications 27 (9), 2018. Preprint available here.
  7. Computations of the slice genus of virtual knots, Topology Appl. 253, 2019. Preprint available here.
  8. Doubled Khovanov homology, Canad. J. Math. 70 (5), 2018. Preprint available here.


Current teaching

Past teaching


You can email me at will.rushworth@math.mcmaster.ca.

My postal address is:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4K1

Poetry? It’s a hobby.
I run model trains.
Mr Shaw there breeds pigeons.

It’s not work. You dont sweat.
Nobody pays for it.
You could advertise soap.

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