Scientist. Activist. Writer.

Hi! I'm Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, theoretical physics postdoctoral associate/axion wrangler at the University of Washington, Seattle. Here's my CV (email me for an up to date one) and some press about my dark matter research. I also travel nationally and internationally to speak about science and society. My story and ideas have been featured in several venues, including Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Nylon, L'Oreal/UNESCO, and the African-American Intellectual History Society. 

On March 15, 2017  I received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award "For Years of Dedicated Effort in Changing Physics Culture to be More Inclusive and Understanding Toward All Marginalized Peoples."

I love particle physicscosmology, and statistical mechanics and my research spans cosmological scales from cosmic acceleration to dark matter. I also have a strong interest in feminist philosophies of science and Science, Technology, and Society Studies. In August 2016, I am Principal Investigator on an FQXi Large Grant, Epistemological Schemata of Astro | Physics: A Reconstruction of Observers. In relation, I maintain a Decolonising Science Reading List

Science is a human enterprise that belongs to all of us, in all of our configurations.

Thus, I believe that part of doing science is promoting equal opportunities for people traditionally locked out of professionalized science.  I tweet @IBJIYONGI and blog at about those issues. A bibliography of my writing for the public is available. 

Other things I am up to: volunteering as Editor in Chief at the online literary magazine The Offing. I'm also a Comprehensively Certified Peak Classical Pilates Instructor. 

I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it.’
— Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer and barrier breaker

image of M82 Starburst galaxy courtesy of Hubble