Michael Zieve
Portrait photo Michael Zieve
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan
530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 481091043, USA
Office: East Hall, Room 3835
Phone: (734) 6153650
Fax: (734) 7630937
email: zieve at umich.edu

I am a Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Michigan.

Want to know more about me? Here is my curriculum vitae.

Trying to find me? Here is my schedule.

Teaching and Mentoring

I am currently teaching Math 116; the webpage for my sections is here.

My current PhD students are GilYoung Cheong, Yifeng Huang, Trevor Hyde, and Andrew O'Desky. My former PhD students are Sijun Liu, Alex Mueller, Zach Scherr, Ben Weiss, and Brian Wyman (and officially Qian Yin, although she was really a student of Mario Bonk).

I am also the mentor of the postdoc Efrat Bank, and the AMS-Simons Travel Grant mentor of Efrat Bank, Zach Scherr and Ben Weiss. Here is my full list of educational activities, and here is a page of electronic resources for Michigan faculty and students.

I am currently mentoring the research of four high school students, including one from MIT's PRIMES program, and I often mentor large groups of REU students.


My research uses algebraic methods to treat topics in various areas of math, including algebra, number theory, algebraic geometry, dynamical systems, discrete mathematics, complex analysis, algebraic topology, theoretical computer science, and cryptography.  I have written 54 papers with 51 coauthors.  I previously worked at the Center for Communications Research in Princeton, where I wrote over thirty proprietary papers.

Selected papers

See also my full publication list and list of abstracts.

33. [pdf] Linear relations between polynomial orbits, with D. Ghioca and T. Tucker, Duke Math. J. 161 (2012), 1379–1410.
27. [pdf] A new family of exceptional polynomials in characteristic two, with R. Guralnick and J. Rosenberg, Annals of Math. 172 (2010), 1367–1396.
26. [pdf] Polynomials with PSL(2) monodromy, with R. Guralnick, Annals of Math. 172 (2010), 1321–1365.
24. [pdf] Intersections of polynomial orbits, and a dynamical Mordell-Lang conjecture, with D. Ghioca and T. Tucker, Inventiones Math. 171 (2008), 463–483.
12. [pdf] Curves of every genus with many points, II: Asymptotically good families, with N. Elkies, E. Howe, A. Kresch, B. Poonen and J. Wetherell, Duke Math. J. 122 (2004), 399–422.


Ram Abhyankar (Purdue)
Simeon Ball (Catalunya)
Bob Beals (Reinaissance)
Manjul Bhargava (Princeton)
Steve Cohen (Glasgow)
János Csirik (D.E. Shaw)
David desJardins (philanthrope)
Iwan Duursma (Illinois)
Noam Elkies (Harvard)
Xander Faber (IDA/CCS)
Rainer Fuhrmann (IBM)
Arnaldo Garcia (IMPA)
Dragos Ghioca (UBC)
Danny Goldstein (IDA/CCR-L)
Bob Guralnick (USC)
Everett Howe (IDA/CCR-L)
Ben Hutz (Saint Louis)
Patrick Ingram (Colorado State)
Rafe Jones (Carleton)
Neeraj Kayal (Microsoft)
Andrew Kresch (Zurich)
Dijana Kreso (Graz)
Holly Krieger (MIT)
Greg Kuperberg (UC Davis)
Goyar Kyureghyan (Magedburg)
Hendrik Lenstra (Leiden)
Aaron Levin (Michigan State)
Karl-Olaf Lindahl (Växjö)
Richard Lyons (Rutgers)
Michelle Manes (Hawaii)
Ariane Masuda (City Tech)
Gwyneth Moreland (Michigan)
Gary Mullen (Penn State)
Peter Müller (Würzburg)
Harald Niederreiter (RICAM)
Bjorn Poonen (MIT)
Eric Rains (Caltech)
Joel Rosenberg (IDA/CCR-L)
Julian Rosen (Georgia)
Zach Scherr (Penn)
Ari Shnidman (Boston College)
Igor Shparlinski (UNSW)
Fernando Torres (Campinas)
Tom Tucker (Rochester)
Felipe Voloch (Canterbury)
Ben Weiss (Maine)
Joe Wetherell (IDA/CCR-L)
Doug Wiedemann (IDA/CCR-P)
Brian Wyman (Pinnacle Entertainment)
Jiaowen Yang (USC)
Yu Yasufuku (Nihon)
David Yuen (Lake Forest)


I am not a midwestern artist versed in eastern spirituality, a Minneapolis motorcyclist nicknamed "The Dude", or an MIT basketball player who played high school tennis in Seattle. However, I am the winner of the Cryan tennis tournament and other tournaments in New Jersey.