I'm Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire. I am also lead axion wrangler and social media team member for the NASA STROBE-X Probe Concept Study. My driving impulse: understand the origin of spacetime and the particles that populate it. Using ideas from both physics and astronomy, I respond to deep questions about how everything got to the be the way it is. The Disordered Cosmos, my popular science book which draws from my experience and knowledge as a Black American theoretical physicist, is forthcoming from Nation Books. (My name is pronounced phonetically like “Chahnda Prescod-Winestine.”)
I love particle (astro)physics and cosmology, and my research spans from the large scale (cosmic acceleration) to the very small (dark matter particles). I also have a strong interest in feminist philosophies of science and Science, Technology, and Society Studies. In August 2016, I became 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.
Essence Magazine recognized me as one of 15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers. My personal story and ideas have been featured in several venues, including Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Nylon, and the African-American Intellectual History Society. You can also check out my (often out of date) CV, press about my dark matter research, and interviews with me.
Science is a human activity that belongs to all of us, in all of our configurations.
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."
Being an activist for equality in science is not only an enriching experience, it's also part of getting science done. For a 30 minute overview of my research and life in science, enjoy the following opening plenary from the 2017 Women in Physics Canada meeting: