Dr. Bob

Robert G. Muncaster
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Political Science

Robert Muncaster is an associate professor in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His specialization is applied mathematics. His research interests are split between theoretical mechanics and international relations. In the latter area he has focused on the development and study of models of international conflict, with work published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Synthese, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. More recent work is concerned with models of the inter-nation network of friendship and enmity, and the impact of this network on sequences of disputes. In addition he is exploring ways in which dynamic models, especially those concerned with arms races, can be given a game theoretic foundation. Current interests are in evolutionary game theory and its uses in studying security as a public good.


Professional:

Personal:

  • The Serpent, a sculpture by Brant Muncaster

The Serpent was designed for a class on sculpture at the University of Illinois. It stands approx 8 ft at the head and the body is approx 22 ft long though it snakes about in a region 8 ft by 15 ft. The sculpture is built in two sections (body and head), and both the body and the head (when set on its side) are approx 3 ft high. The construction is principally of cardboard so it is reasonably light (2 people can carry ity about with little effort).

Inquiries and correspondence:

Robert G. Muncaster
313 Altgeld Hall
1409 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-1108; (217) 333-7592 (fax)
Email: muncast@illinois.edu