Jonathan Hermon

I am an assistant professor at the mathematics department at the University of British Columbia. From 2017 until 2020 I was a research associate in the Statistical Laboratory, part of the DPMMS at the University of Cambridge.

I received my PhD from UC Berkeley, where I was mentored by Allan Sly. Before coming to Cambridge I was a postdoc at the Faculty of Mathematics at the Weizmann institute of science.

Research interests

  • My research is in discrete probability theory with a special emphasis on problems related to the theory of mixing times of Markov chains and the cutoff phenomenon. I am also working on particle systems and percolation. Research Statement
  • Papers

    Selected works

    Full list of publications [arXiv]


    • 27. Universality of cutoff for graphs with an added random matching.
      With Allan Sly and Perla Sousi. (2020). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 28. Sensitivity of mixing times of Cayley graphs.
      With Gady Kozma. (2020). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 29. Modified log-Sobolev inequalities for strong-Rayleigh measures.
      With Justin Salez. (2019). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 30. Intersection times for critical branching random walks.
      Preprint at arXiv.
    • 31. Cutoff for Random Walks on Upper Triangular Matrices.
      With Sam Olesker-Taylor (2021). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 32. Cutoff for Almost All Random Walks on Abelian Groups.
      With Sam Olesker-Taylor. (2021). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 33. Geometry of Random Cayley Graphs of Abelian Groups.
      With Sam Olesker-Taylor. (2021). Preprint at arXiv.
    • 34. Covering a graph with independent walks.
      With Perla Sousi. (2021). Preprint at arXiv.


  • Term 2, 2020: Mixing times of Markov chains (Math 608E). Slides of the first lecture.
  • Talks


    Department of Mathematics
    The University of British Columbia
    1984 Mathematics Road
    Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2
    Office: Math Annex 1224
    Email: jonathan.hermon(at)