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Senior Lecturer

Office: Science III, room 220
Tel +64 3 479 7762


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. I received my Ph.D in 2015 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015.

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching responsibilities include:

  • MATH 130 Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics 1
  • MATH 202 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 342 Modern Algebra
  • MATH 4AC
  • MATH 4AL Advanced Algebra

Research Interests

Algebra and Combinatorics.


Defant, C., & Searles, D. (2023). 0-Hecke modules, quasisymmetric functions, and peak functions in type B. Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire, 89B, 53. [Full Paper] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Mason, S., & Searles, D. (2022). The "Young" and "reverse" dichotomy of polynomials. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 29(3), 61. doi: 10.37236/10579 Journal - Research Article

Searles, D. (2022). 0-Hecke-Clifford modules from diagrams. Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire, 86B, 37. [Full Paper] Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Bardwell, J., & Searles, D. (2022). 0-Hecke modules for Young row-strict quasisymmetric Schur functions. European Journal of Combinatorics, 102, 103494. doi: 10.1016/j.ejc.2021.103494 Journal - Research Article

Assaf, S., & Searles, D. (2022). Kohnert polynomials. Experimental Mathematics, 31(1), 93-119. doi: 10.1080/10586458.2019.1588180 Journal - Research Article

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