Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program


First Advisor

Weimin Chen

Second Advisor

Michael Sullivan

Third Advisor

Robert Kusner

Subject Categories



In 2002, Giroux showed that every contact structure had a corresponding open book decomposition. This was the converse to a previous construction of Thurston and Winkelnkemper, and made open books a vital tool in the study of contact three-manifolds. We extend these results to contact orbifolds, i.e. spaces that are locally diffeomorphic to the quotient of a contact manifold and a compatible finite group action. This involves adapting some of the main concepts and constructions of three dimensional contact geometry to the orbifold setting.

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