Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. The author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, she is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Reconstructing Judaism and the chair of its Jews of Color and Allies Advisory Group.
Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars and dark matter. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology and society studies. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of “Fifteen Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.”
A co-founder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology. Originally from East Los Angeles, she divides her time between the New Hampshire Seacoast and Cambridge, Mass.