Sami H. Assaf
Sami Assaf

Sami H. Assaf

Professor of Mathematics

PHONE : (213) 740-2440

Department of Mathematics
University of Southern California
3620 Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90089-2532.



  • Ph. D. Mathematics, University of California Berkeley, 2007
  • B.A. Honors Mathematics and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2001

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California, 2022--present
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California, 2019--2022
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, University of Southern California, 2012--2019
  • CLE Moore Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008--2011
  • NSF Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 -- 2008

Selected Publications

  • Sami Assaf, Nonsymmetric Macdonald polynomials and a refinement of Kostka--Foulkes polynomials, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 370 (2018), no. 12, 8777--8796
  • Sami Assaf and Dominic Searles, Schubert polynomials, slide polynomials, Stanley symmetric functions and quasi-Yamanouchi pipe dreams, Adv. in Math. 306 (2017), 89--122.
  • Sami Assaf, Dual equivalence graphs I: A new paradigm for Schur positivity, Forum Math. Sigma 3 (2015), e12, 33 pp.
  • Sami Assaf, Persi Diaconis, and K. Soundararajan, A rule of thumb for riffle shuffles, Ann. Appl. Probab. 21 (2011), no. 3, 843--875.

Curriculum Vitae

Research recently supported by National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences Research Grant DMS-1763336 and by Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians Award 524477

National Science FoundationSimons Foundation

"If a 'religion' is defined to be a system of ideas that contains unprovable statements, then Gödel taught us that mathematics is not only a religion, it is the only religion that can prove itself to be one." --John Barrow