Last updated September 14, 2018

I am an Associate Professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I am currently Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computing Science. My primary research interest is algebraic combinatorics, particularly enumerative problems underlying questions in geometry and representation theory.

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(902) 420-5792 |

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Dept. of Mathematics & Computing Science Saint Mary's University Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 3C3 |

Tuesday | 1:30–3:30 |

Wednesday | 10:00–12:00 |

Thursday | 12:30–2:30 |

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I am currently (Fall 2018) teaching Math 4420: Abstract Algebra I.

My main research interest is enumerative combinatorics (ie. counting), particularly as it relates to problems in algebra and geometry. To date I have mostly focused on problems involving factorizations in the symmetric group; that is, counting the number of ways a given permutation can be decomposed as an ordered product of other permutations with various conditions imposed on these factors (such as cycle type, minimality, transitivity). Questions of this type are intimately linked with the representation theory of the symmetric group (equivalently, the study of its group algebra), and also the geometry of branched coverings.

Preprints of my papers can be downloaded below. My graduate work was completed under the supervision of David Jackson at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Both my Master's and Ph.D. theses are available upon request.

*An Enumerative Problem Concerning Products of Permutations*, Master's Thesis, University of Waterloo, 1998*Combinatorial Constructions for Transitive Factorizations in the Symmetric Group,*Ph.D. Thesis, University of Waterloo, 2004*On the number of factorizations of a full cycle*, J. Combin. Theory Ser. A, 113 (2006), 1549–1554*Minimal transitive factorizations of permutations into cycles*, Canad. J. Math., 61 (2009), 1092–1117- (with A. Rattan)
*Minimal factorizations of permutations into star transpositions*, - (with A. Rattan)
*The number of lattice paths below a cyclically shifting boundary*, J. Combin. Theory Ser. A, 116 (2009), 499–514 - (with G. Berkolaiko)
*Inequivalent factorizations of permutations*, J. Combin. Theory Ser. A, 140 (2017), 1–37

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