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Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035

Office: Chambers 3040
Phone: 704-894-2317
E-Mail:

Pronouns: he / him / his

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. Prior to my appointment at Davidson, I received my Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

My research interests lie in the areas of enumerative combinatorics and algebraic combinatorics. Most of my work so far has been in permutation enumeration and its connections to symmetric function theory and combinatorial Hopf algebras. In other words, I seek to answer questions involving counting permutations with certain nice properties or weighted by parameters called permutation statistics, and I develop general frameworks for investigating these kinds of questions, often drawing upon the rich interplay between combinatorics and abstract algebra.

Working with students is my greatest joy at Davidson. My style of teaching empowers students to become active participants in their own learning, and as an educator, I aim to instill self-confidence in my students, to foster a sense of belonging in my classroom, and to cultivate an appreciation for the beauty and power of mathematical abstraction. I supervise undergraduate research projects in combinatorics and I look forward to introducing future students to the excitement of mathematical discovery.

When I am not exploring the mathematical wilderness or sharing my love for mathematics with my students, I like to listen to music, play guitar, try new food, and watch NBA basketball. I enjoy hearing people talk about things that they are passionate about and learning from the lived experiences of those from different backgrounds.

Recent News:
  • 04/22: I am co-organizing the AMS Special Session Algebraic and bijective methods in permutation enumeration at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings.
  • 03/22: I will be giving an invited talk at the University of South Carolina Discrete Math and Combinatorics Seminar.
  • 01/22: I attended FPSAC 2021.
  • 11/21: I gave an invited talk at the AMS Special Session Algebraic combinatorics in the Southeast at the AMS Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting.
  • 10/21: A preprint of my paper "Fibonacci numbers, consecutive patterns, and inverse peaks" appeared on the arXiv.
  • 08/21: A preprint of my paper "A lifting of the Goulden–Jackson cluster method to the Malvenuto–Reutenauer algebra" appeared on the arXiv.
  • 06/21: I attended the 2021 Lattice Path Combinatorics conference.
  • 06/21: I gave a contributed talk at Permutation Patterns 2021.
  • 06/21: I was awarded an AMS-Simons Travel Grant.
  • 01/21: I gave an invited talk at the University of Florida Combinatorics Seminar.