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  • Assistant Professor of Physics


  • BA, Macalester College, 2009
  • PhD, University of Victoria, 2014


My research is aimed at understanding how galaxies change, and what role collisions between galaxies may have played in those changes across cosmic time. I have worked both with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, to study galaxies in the nearby Universe, and with the Herschel Space Observatory, to understand more distant galaxies. I am also very interested in public outreach and science communication, and have been writing for the public since 2013.


  • Jillian Scudder's Book Reviewed

    May 24, 2018

    Assistant Professor of Physics Jillian Scudder’s book, Astroquizzical, was reviewed in E&T Magazine and Times Higher Education.

  • Jillian Scudder Interviewed

    April 27, 2018

    Assistant Professor of Physics Jillian Scudder was interviewed about her book, Astroquizzical, on the “Little Atoms” podcast.

  • Jillian Scudder Contributes to Forbes Column

    September 20, 2017

    Assistant Professor of Physics Jillian Scudder has been a regular science contributor for Forbes since 2015. Astroquizzical is an online column dedicated to answering questions about space.