I am currently a Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and work with Kenneth Berenhaut.  In 2018, I received my Ph.D. in mathematics under the supervision of Sergi Elizalde at Dartmouth College.  Starting in Fall 2021, I will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College.

I enjoy thinking about questions such as:

  • How can we understand the community structure of data?  What is the meaning of local?   What do we mean by clusters?
  • Can simple (socially-inspired) local rules for a random walk on a network lead to interesting global properties?
  • Where do (finite) random walks on a network take us?  In what ways are those reached central?
  • Suppose that, rather than numeric distances, we only have distance comparisons (among triples of points).  How can we effectively leverage that limited information?  What kind of structure is required for interpretability?
  • Can we articulate measures of the degree of unpredictability of a process given that we can only witness a single (relatively short) sequence of outcomes?

Broadly speaking, the questions I’m interested in these days are in discrete applied probability and are motivated by a social perspective.  My thesis work was focused on combinatorial problems arising from permutation-based approaches to time series analysis and its connections to classical discrete dynamics.