Jonathan Kirby


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Jonathan’s research is primarily in Model Theory, a branch of Mathematical Logic and its applications to number theory and analytic functions.

Model Theory is an approach to doing mathematics which stems from the idea of formalising, or "mathematising" the language we use when doing mathematics. It has its own collection of techniques which are related to ideas from other areas of mathematics including combinatorics (often infinite, set theoretic combinatorics), geometry, algebra, and topology.

Within Model Theory, Jonathan is particularly interested in extending the techniques to applications slightly outside the usual scope of "classical first order" model theory, such as to positive logic and abstract elementary classes.

He is particularly interested in applications to complex analytic functions, where the exponential function is the prime example.


Jonathan studied Mathematics at Cambridge University, obtaining an MA and also completing a Certificate of Advanced Study. He has an MSc in Mathematical Logic from the University of Manchester, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Subsequently he was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, before coming to UEA in 2009.

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Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006-2007
EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, 2007-2009
Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, UEA, 2009 - 2014
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, UEA, 2014 - 2019

Reader and Associate Professor in Mathematics, UEA, 2019 -

Key Research Interests

Model theory, and applications to algebra and number theory.

Research keywords: Logic, Model theory, exponentiation

Postdocs supervised:

Dr Adam Harris 2014-2015

Dr Vahagn Aslanyan 2019-2022

Dr Mark Kamsma 2021-2022

Dr Francesco Gallinaro 2022


PhD students:

Dr Robert Henderson 2010-2014

Tim Zander 2013-2017  (joint supervision with Prof David Evans)

Abeer Al-Balahi 2015-2019

Mark Kamsma 2018-2021

Anna Dmitrieva 2021-

Teaching Interests

Jonathan has taught a variety of subjects for undergraduates including Model Theory, Mathematical Logic, Real and Complex Analysis, Calculus, Combinatorics, and Computability. He has also taught Category Theory to PhD students via the MAGIC consortium of universities. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Deputy Director of Teaching in MTH 2022-
  • LMS Departmental Representative for UEA  2013-
  • Senior Advisor in MTH 2014 -2022
  • Disability Liaison Officer for MTH 2014-2022
  • Chairman of MTH/ENG Extenuating Circumstances Panel 2014-2021

Jonathan has also been the Student Partnership Officer for MTH, and the Director of Equality and Diversity in MTH.


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