Boston University, Ph.D. in Physics, 2012
Northeastern University, B.S. in Physics and Philosophy, 2004
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I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Hampshire College. My research focuses on the foundations of general relativity. I am particularly interested in the physical interpretation of its mathematical formulation, which is necessary for understanding how the theory can be modified, whether as a classical or a quantum theory. For my PhD thesis, I studied conformal and projective structures, which led me to develop the framework of Unimodular Conformal and Projective Relativity, an alternative framework for relativistic theories. Currently, I am working on applying this formalism to concrete physical systems. While strictly speaking I do physics, my work is influenced by philosophy and history of general relativity.
In this The Story Collider podcast I describe how I found relativity it why it is important to me:
I have extensive experience teaching college-level introductory physics courses to both science and non-science students, and have taught physics at Wellesley College and first-year writing seminars at Boston University. I am particularly interested in project-based learning and have supervised a number cross-disciplinary independent studies and student projects.