Associate Professor, Mathematics
Cameron Parker, PhD, has been at USD since 2003. In addition to his teaching and research, Parker is the Math Area Coordinator and has served in the Arts and Sciences Faculty Academic Assembly. He co-organizes the Math Modeling Club and serves as an advisor for the Math Modeling Team.
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Mathematics
B.S., University of Redlands , Mathematics
Scholarly and Creative Work
Parker’s research areas are statistics and voting theory. His Ph.D. work was in statistical time series relating to econometrics, and he continues to work in this area. His publication “Residual-Based Block Bootstrap for Unit Root Testing,” co-authored with E. Paparoditis and D. Politis, appeared in the Journal of Econometrics in 2006, and “Unit Root Testing via the Tapered Block Bootstrap,” with the same co-authors, will be published soon.
Since joining USD, Parker has expanded his research to include voting theory work. With USD colleagues Professor Friedman and Professor McGrath, he published “Achievable Hierarchies for Voting Games” in Theory and Decision in 2006. He co-authored “Can an Asymmetric Power Structure Always be Achieved?” with Professor Friedman, and it was published inthe American Mathematical Society’s Communicating Mathematics. “Proportional Quota Achievable Hierarchies,” co-authored with USD colleagues Professor Friedman and Professor Bean, will be published in Social Choice and Welfare.
Parker teaches a wide range of classes in mathematics and statistics. In all of his classes, Parker challenges his students to see mathematics in a new way—as concepts to be understood, rather than formulas to be memorized. He strives to assist all students in developing analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills that apply in all areas of life, not just in mathematics.