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Gregory Clark ’14 to continue post-doc research at Oxford

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Westminster may be a small college, but any student or alumnus can vouch for how wide-reaching the network is.  Graduates have the resources to strive for any position after graduating and realizing that the world is for them to explore both professionally and academically.

Gregory Clark, a 2014 mathematics graduate, will pursue his post-doctoral research at the University of Oxford where he will consider applied questions related to social networks, dark net markets and modeling reputations.

“My work allows academics and practitioners to analyze multi-dimensional networks in a way that is consistent with current network analysis,” explained Clark, who will earn his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of South Carolina (USC) in May 2019.  At Oxford, Clark will continue researching his dissertation, “On the Characteristic Polynomial of a Hypergraph.”

Clark’s post-doctoral researcher position is hosted through the Future of Marketing Initiative (FOMI) and the Centre for Corporate Reputation (CCR) within the Said Business School.  His research of dark net markets will help in marketplaces that are currently resistant to network analysis such as drug and human trafficking.

“Working within the Centre is a collection of multi-disciplinary academics and executives which consider modern problems from different perspectives,” he said.  “I am excited for the opportunity to work with corporations across numerous industries to study the actions of so-called influencers from a quantitative point of view.”

During his first year pursuing his Ph.D. at USC, Clark said his classmates expected him to be the weak link of the class having come from a small, liberal arts college.  However, it quickly became apparent that Clark would thrive and lead his class.

“My liberal arts education helped me exceed everyone’s expectations, including my own. In particular, the ability to work with others cannot be understated,” Clark said.  “Perhaps the most important skill I got out of my time at Westminster was the ability to communicate with other people.”

Clark said Westminster’s faculty—particularly those he worked closely with in the mathematics and computer science departments—inspired him as an undergraduate and helped him excel throughout his doctorate program.

“The connection you have with the faculty, staff and students at Westminster College cannot be found at any other university,” he said. “I have found that, regardless of major or career, every future relies on people. It’s the people at Westminster College that make it home, and it’s the people that will continue to make it a top-tier college for years to come.”

~ Megan Simpson ’19