Photo by Daniel Meirom, sculptures by Donna Dodson

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’m also a columnist for New Scientist.

My name is pronounced phonetically like “Chahnda Prescod-Winestine.”

My work lives at the intersection of particle physics and astrophysics, and while I am primarily a theoretical researcher, I maintain strong ties to observational astronomy. I am lead axion wrangler 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. I also do research on feminist science studies, with a specific focus on the experiences of Black women in physics. I believe we all have the right to know the universe.

The Disordered Cosmos, my popular science book which draws from my experience and knowledge as a Black woman theoretical physicist, is forthcoming from Bold Type Books in Spring 2021.

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.

If you’d like to invite me to speak at your institution, read more about how here.

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

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:

 

image of M82 Starburst galaxy courtesy of Hubble