Research Summary

I study the formation and evolution of nearby galaxies by detecting individual stars and clusters of stars whose ages, composition, and motions can be measured. I focus particularly on understanding the centers of galaxies and the black holes and massive star clusters we find there.


  • BA, Physics, Astronomy & Music, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Washington. Project: The formation and evolution of late-type galaxies.


I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE.  I received my undergraduate degree in Physics, Astronomy & Music from Wesleyan University, and my PhD in astronomy from Univ. of Washington, Seattle.  I spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.