Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein .Cosmologist.
Welcome to my home! I am originally from El Sereno in east Los Angeles, California. I left East L.A. to attend Harvard College where I earned a bachelors in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2003. I went on to begin a PhD and earn a Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005). Much as I loved Santa Cruz, after passing my prelims it didn’t feel like the right research fit. Dr. Lee Smolin gave me the opportunity to work with him, so in 2006 I packed up my car and drove across North America to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I completed my doctorate at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo under the direction of Lee and Professor Niayesh Afshordi in September 2010.
As of October 1, 2011, I hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am jointly appointed to the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the Department of Physics. My affiliation in the department is as a member of Professor Alan Guth‘s research group in the Center for Theoretical Physics. Professor Ed Bertschinger has been my official host and adviser as an MLK as well as a collaborator. My current research focuses on multiple areas including (p)reheating and multifield inflation/inflationary perturbation theory, novel approaches to dark matter and technical issues in quantum fields in curved spacetimes. In the past, I have worked on problems at the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology including novel approaches to the phenomenon of cosmic acceleration.
My first postdoc was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center, where I was involved with studying the capacity for weak lensing on the WFIRST experiment.
Navigate the menu above for descriptions of my research and my publications. To contact me, just email my first name at mit.edu.
- My CV (ask me for an up to date one)
- The arXiv is very important. Especially since my publications are on it.
- In 2014, I was listed by the L’Oreal-UNESCO Foundation as one of 5 Amazing Woman Astronomers You Should Know.
- In 2015, I was profiled by the Huffington Post: Meet The 63rd Black Woman In American History With A Physics Ph.D.
- I use Cosmo Coffee to filter the arXiv.
- Check out the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists websites. Also there is an NSBP Blog, Vector.
- Here is an article about how I pronounce the letter “h.”
The header image on this site is cropped from “Los Angeles Night Panorama as seen from Griffith Park Observatory” and is used with the gracious permission of Martin Schall. See more of his phenomenal photography at You Are Here. The photo of me is courtesy of Debbie Meinbresse of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science.