Matthew Moynihan

Matthew Moynihan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department/Affiliation: Mathematics
Phone: 330-263-2123
Office Address: 309 Taylor


  • B.A., St. Olaf College, Mathematics 2007
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University, Mathematics 2012

Courses Taught at Wooster

  • Math in Contemporary Society
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • Problem Seminar
  • Calculus with Algebra A and B
  • Combinatorics and Graph Theory
  • Abstract Algebra
  • First Year Seminar
  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics
  • Differential Equations

Research Interests

Permutation Enumeration, Combinatorial Hopf Algebras, Relationships between Permutation Statistics and Subalgebras of the Group Algebra of the Symmetric Group, the Combinatorics of Coxeter Groups

Recent Senior Theses Advised

  • Optimal Placement of Family Planning Centers (Kiera Dobbs, 2016)
  • The Extra Point Rule Change and Its Effects on Decision Making for Coaches in the NFL (Lucas Hunt, 2016)
  • An Investigation of the Burning Numbers of Graphs and Trees (Michael Sokolich, Math and Computer Science, 2016)
  • I Don't Play Chess: A Study of Chess Piece Generating Polynomials (Stephen Skoch, 2015)
  • Vector Space Modeling: An Intuitive Approach to Information Retrieval (Gregory Yerkes, 2015)
  • Read at Your Own Risk: An Analysis of Risk the Board Game Using Graph Theory (Eli Barr, 2015)
  • To Flip or Not to Flip? A Study of the Effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom Model for Teaching Mathematics (Lindy Howard, 2015)
  • The Soviet War in Afghanistan and the Application of U.S. Special Forces: A Combat Analysis (Zachary Sessa, Math and Russian Studies, 2014)
  • Evolving Lambda-Calculus Functions Using Genetic Programming (Xiaomeng Ye, Math and Computer Science, 2014)
  • Don't Get Boxed In: Connecting the Dots of Game Theory Through Computer Simulations (Trevor Pozderac, Math and Computer Science, 2014)
  • Generalist and Specialist Pollination Syndromes: A Theoretical Approach to Predict the Conditions Under Which a Generalist or Specialist Pollination Syndrome is Favoured (Tyler Poppenwimer, Math and Biology, 2014)
  • My Ticket to Becoming an Athletic Director: An Analysis of the Graph Theory Behind Sports Scheduling (Samuel Swartz, 2013)
  • The Torus and Graph Theory (Kyla Davis, 2013)


  • Moynihan, Matthew, "The colored Eulerian descent algebra," Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics, to appear 2015.
  • Nichol KL, Tummers K, Hoyer-Leitzel A, Marsh J, Moynihan M, et al. 2010 "Modeling Seasonal Influenza Outbreak in a Closed College Campus: Impact of Pre-Season Vaccination, In-Season Vaccination and Holidays/Breaks," PLoS ONE 5(3): e9548.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009548