I enjoy applying explicit combinatorial methods to number theoretic problems. I have worked on projects relating to finite geometry, arithmetic statistics, arithmetic geometry, and network design. My projects often involve coding in Sage, Magma, or Mathematica. Common themes in my research include counting rational points on varieties and studying the behavior of functions of the form f(p) as the prime p varies.

See my CV for previous talks/conferences.

Published Papers:

Interdisciplinary Papers:

Submitted Papers:

  • K. Lahotia, L. Monroe, K. Isham , M. Besta, N. Blach, T. Hoefler, and F. Petrini. “PolarStar: Expanding the Scalability Horizon of Diameter-3 Networks." Submitted to IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS) 2023.

  • K. Isham, An algorithm to count the number of caps in P^3(F_q), submitted.

  • K. Isham, Is the number of subrings of index p^e in Z^n a polynomial in p?, submitted.

  • M. I. de Frutos-Fernández, S. Garai, K. Isham, T. Murayama, and G. Smith, Rational Linear Subspaces of Hypersurfaces over Finite Fields, submitted.

  • K. Isham and L. Monroe, Arithmetic of idempotents in Z/mZ, submitted.

  • K. Isham and L. Monroe, On the structure induced by power sequences of (Z/mZ, *), submitted.


  • Subaward from Los Alamos National Lab LDRD Reserve grant number 20230692ER (PI Laura Monroe)

Current Projects:

  • (with several authors) The number of 10-arcs in a projective plane is nonquasipolynomial.

  • (with Nathan Kaplan) On the proportion of subrings in Z^n with corank at most k

  • Understanding the behavior of 8-arcs in P^3(F_q)


  • Women in Numbers 6, March 2023.

Other Research Experiences:

I worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) during the summer of 2019 via funding by the NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI).

I am currently a Guest Scientist at LANL.