Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Clifford Smyth
Associate Professor


Office: Petty 103
Email address:
Personal web page:
Starting year at UNCG: 2008
Office hours: In-person: MWF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m., Online: WF 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.


Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rutgers University (2001)


Spring 2019
  • MAT-353 LEC (Intro to Discrete Mathematics), MWF 1:00-1:50, PETT 217
  • MAT-115 LEC (College Algebra)

Research Interests

Combinatorics, Mathematical Biology
Current Students: James Rudzinski

Selected Recent Publications

  • John Engbers, David Galvin, and Clifford Smyth. Restricted Stirling and Lah number matrices and their inverses, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 161 (2019) p. 271-298.
  • Clifford Smyth. A probabilistic characterization of the dominance order on partitions, Order, 35(2), (2018), p. 393-402.
  • James Rudzinski and Clifford Smyth, Equivalent Formulations of the Bunk Bed Conjecture, The North Carolina Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, Vol 2 (2016).
  • Karl Mahlburg and Clifford Smyth, Symmetric Polynomials and Symmetric Mean Inequalities. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics (EJC,, Volume 20, Issue 3 (2013), P34.
  • Clifford Smyth, The BKR inequalities on finite distributive lattices. Combinatorics, Probability and Computing (CPC), Volume 22, Issue 04, (2013) p. 612–626.

Brief Bio

Dr. Smyth earned his Ph. D. in mathematics in 2001 from Rutgers University, advised by Mike Saks. Afterwards, he held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advance Study, Carnegie Mellon University, and MIT until joining UNCG in 2008. His research interests lie in discrete mathematics, including problems coming from combinatorial probability, theoretical computer science, discrete geometry, and combinatorial enumeration.