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Christopher Gaffney, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor

Decision Sciences and MIS

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Christopher Gaffney is an Associate Clinical Professor for the Decision Sciences and MIS department at the LeBow College of Business. Dr. Gaffney’s research focuses on decision making and optimization with applications in public policy. His work has been published in the IEEE Systems Journal and the Annals of Operations Research. At LeBow, Dr. Gaffney teaches courses in Operations Research and Statistics.

Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Gaffney did postdoctoral research at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. His PhD in Operations Research was completed at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He also holds a MS in Mathematics from the University of Nevada, a MA in Philosophy from the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Dr. Gaffney’s industry experience includes quantitative work in mortgage banking and market research analysis for the semiconductor industry.

Selected Works


Gaffney, Christopher, Optimal Deductible and Coinsurance Policies Under Mean-Variance Preferences. International Journal of Operational Research 44 (Jul 2022): 349-59.

Pennock, Michael, and Gaffney, Christopher, Managing Epistemic Uncertainty for Multi-models of Socio-technical Systems for Decision Support. IEEE Systems Journal 12 (Mar 2018): 184-195.

Pennock, Michael, Rouse, William, Bodner, Doug, Gaffney, Christopher, Hinkle, John, Klesges, Christopher, and Oghbaie, Mehrnoosh, Enterprise Systems Analysis Technical Report SERC-2016-TR-103. Systems Engineering Research Center (Mar 2016):

Gaffney, Christopher, and Ben-Israel, Adi, A Simple Insurance Model: Optimal Coverage and Deductible. Annals of Operations Research (Feb 2016):

Pennock, Michael, Rouse, William, Bodner, Doug, Gaffney, Christopher, Oghbaie, Mehrnoosh, and Prasad, Pallavi, Enterprise Systems Analysis Technical Report SERC-2015-TR-020-4. Systems Engineering Research Center (Jan 2015):

Gaffney, Christopher, The Application of the Inclusion-Exclusion Principle in Learning Monotonic Boolean Functions. The IUP Journal of Computer Sciences (Jan 2012):


PhD Operations Research - Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ United States 2014