Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Originally from east Los Angeles, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein holds degrees from Harvard College, University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of Waterloo & Perimeter Institute in Canada. One of under 100 Black American women to ever earn a Ph.D. in Physics and an expert in theoretical cosmology and particle physics, Chanda is internationally recognized for her anti-racist, feminist, and pro-queer speaking and activism. She currently holds a research position in theoretical physics at the University of Washington and divides her time between Seattle and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her academic work has been published in Classical and Quantum Gravity and Physical Review D, while her social commentary and popular science writing have appeared in Bitch Media, Black Youth Project, The Toast, Gawker, Physics World, and Nature Astronomy. She is also a contributor to the book On Antisemitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine and wrote the introduction for the young adult book Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. Chanda maintains a blog on science, society, and social justice at Medium, and she is the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award recipient "For Years of Dedicated Effort in Changing Physics Culture to be More Inclusive and Understanding Toward All Marginalized Peoples."