Chanda Prescod-Weinstein


Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics, the University of Washington, Seattle

I'm Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (pronounced: Chahnda Prescod-Winestine), postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics at the University of Washington, Seattle and lead axion wrangler and social media team member for the NASA STROBE-X Probe Concept Study. Starting January, 2019 I will be an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of New Hampshire. 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 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 PostGizmodoNylon, and the African-American Intellectual History Society. You can also check out my CVpress 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."