Mathematics Faculty: Rob Davis
Robert Davis, PhD, is a mathematician specializing in polyhedral geometry and algebraic combinatorics. He is most interested in the study of lattice polytopes and their relationships to commutative algebra and discrete structures, which can take varying forms. He has most recently been using polyhedral methods to address problems within computational algebraic geometry.
Davis strives to create an inquisitive, comfortable, and inclusive atmosphere when teaching. As part of this, he incorporates many student-focused strategies into his classrooms, and has taught fully-flipped classes as well. He aims to instill a passion for mathematics through both teaching and leading undergraduates in their own research projects.
Prior to joining Harvey Mudd College, Davis was a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University. There, he received the 2016 Departmental Postdoctoral Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Before then, he was a graduate student at the University of Kentucky. He spent the 2014-2015 academic year in Finland as a Fulbright Award recipient. He earned his M.A. at the University of Kentucky and his B.A. at Susquehanna University.