Chris is an applied mathematician interested in modeling a variety of physical, biological, and social phenomenon. He has applied principles of chaos theory to improve weather forecasts as a member of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network and developed a real-time remote sensor of global happiness using messages from Twitter: the Hedonometer. Danforth co-runs the Computational Story Lab with Peter Dodds.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Chaos, Mathematical Modeling, Computational Social Science, Numerical Weather Prediction, Complex Systems, Computational Social Science


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S. in Mathematics & Physics, Bates College


  • (802) 656-3032
Office Location:

Innovation Hall E422

Courses Taught

  • MATH 122 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 237 - Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 266 - Chaos, Fractals & Dynamical Systems
  • MATH 330 - Graduate Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 382 - Graduate Seminar