Melanie Matchett Wood
is a professor of mathematics at Harvard University and a Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Her work spans number theory, algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, additive combinatorics, and probability. In particular,she studies the distribution of number fields and function fields and their fundamental structures, including class groups and the Galois groups of their maximal unramified extensions. In part to understand these distributions, she studies the probability theory of random abelian and non-abelian groups,which also has applications to other randomly arising groups, such as the Jacobians of random graphs and cokernels of random matrices.
She has received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory,an American Institute of Mathematics Five-Year Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.