Chanda Prescod-Weinstein holds an AB in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard College, an M.Sc. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a PhD in Physics from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute in Canada. She is one of under 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a Department of Physics and is currently a Research Associate in particle physics and cosmology theory at the University of Washington. Her service to the community includes co-founding the American Astronomical Society Committee for Sexual-orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy, where she was an executive member for six years, and chairing the National Society of Black Physicists Cosmology and Gravitation Committee for over a decade. In addition to her physics research and extensive mentoring in the physics community, Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is Principal Investigator on an FQXi-funded grant where she is leading a multiracial team of women and femmes which is studying Black and Native women with PhDs in physics; developing intersectionally-driven history of astronomy content for general education courses; and using intersectionality theory to analyze the epistemic implications of excluding Black women from physics and astronomy. She works to encourage discussions about science and society through social media and public speaking in North America, Europe, and Asia. She also writes about it for popular publications such as Slate and American Scientist and has academic work on feminist philosophy of science forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She has presented research results at the American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, the Society for the Social Studies of Science, and the Society for the History of Technology. In January 2019 she will be an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of New Hampshire and plans to hold an affiliation with the Women’s Studies Program.

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