We appreciate that the definition of a physicist is broader than the old definition of “only those have physics degrees”, particularly in the current multidisciplinary academic landscape. This page includes all of the African American women with PhDs who identify as physicists. In some cases, a person may have a degree in Electrical Engineering or Physical Chemistry, but the science that she does is physics. If they participate in the physics community and identify themselves as physicists—we include them on this page.
We have also included 4 pioneers—women who due to various circumstance did not finish their PhD, but studied advanced physics before 1980.
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Graduation Year Name Field Grad School Undergrad Employer Graduate Student Kaylah McGowan Physics/Astrophysics Fisk University Bridge The University of Arizona Graduate Student Zeph Kaffey Medical Physics MD Anderson DePaul University Graduate Student Amber Young Planetary Sciences and Astronomy Northern Arizona University Pennsylvania State University Graduate Student Shaniya Jarrett Astrophysics Fisk University University of Colorado, Boulder 2021 Jamila Pegues Astronomy & Astrophysics Harvard University Princeton University Postdoctoral Fellow at Space Telescope Science Institute Graduate Student Aysia Demby Engineering Physics University of Wisconsin-Madison University of California, Berkeley Graduate Student Sarah Francis Physics Howard University Xavier University of Louisiana 2022 Charlezetta Elizabeth Stokes Physics and Astronomy Howard University Howard University PREM Postdoctoral Fellow, Howard University 2011 Desiré Whitmore Chemical and Material Physics UC Irvine UCLA Exploratorium 2022 Damilola E. Ologunagba Physics Florida A&M University Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria 2013 Katemari Rosa Physics Education Research
Columbia University (New York, NY)
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Federal University of Bahia, Brazil 2020 Amy Steele Astronomy Univ of Maryland at College Park (PhD, MS) (Wesleyan, MA) Williams College McGill University 2021 Morgane König Physics University of California, Davis University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris Postdoctoral fellow at MIT and Dartmouth College 2022 Kenisha Ford Physics Howard University Spelman College Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) 2020 Ardelia Michelle Clarke Physics Vanderbilt University Wake Forest University National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Graduate Student Rutendo Jakachira Physics Brown University Drew University Graduate Student Tenley Hutchinson-Smith Astronomy & Astrophysics UC Santa Cruz Spelman College 2021 Diana Powell Astronomy UC Santa Cruz Harvard University Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Grad Student Amina Diop Astronomy Williams College University of Virginia Grad Student Marium Fernanders Astrochemistry / Planetary Science CU Boulder North Carolina State University Grad Student Kat Muloma Physical Chemistry and Astrochemistry UC Berkeley Hope College 2022 Mersaydes Goodson Physics Alabama A&M University Oakwood University DTE Energy Graduate Student L. Miché Aaron Planetary Science Johns Hopkins University Wesleyan University 2021 Belinda D. Cheeseboro Physics West Virginia University Andrews University Smithsonian Institution | National Museum of African American History and Culture 2021 Sharah Zaab Physics Howard University University of Pittsburgh US Patent and Trademark Office 2021 Stacyann Nelson Physics Florida A & M University University of Technology, Jamaica 2003 Renee S. Payne Baggott Physics Hampton University UNC-CH and North Carolina Central University US Navy Reserve and NATO ACT 2013 Geraldine Cochran Physics Education Research Florida International University Chicago State University Rutgers University 2011 K. Renee Horton Materials Science Univ. of Alabama Louisianna State Univ. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Graduate Student Victoria Blackmon Physics West Virginia University Texas Tech University Graduate Student Tracey Edwards Nuclear Physics Michigan State University Hampton University Graduate Student Tashalee Billings Physics University of Pennsylvania Florida A&M University Graduate Student Tamra Nebabu Applied Physics Stanford University Duke University 2014 Tammy Walton Physics Hampton University University of Tennessee Fermilab 2021 Sinclaire Manning Astronomy University of Texas, Austin Howard University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Post Doc) 2019 Simone Hyater-Adams Physics Education Research University of Colorado, Boulder Hampton University Director of Programs: STEM From Dance 2020 Samaiyah Farid Astronomy & Astrophysics Vanderbilt Alabama A&M University Yale University Graduate Student Isabel J. Rodriguez Astrophysics Oregon State Univ. Portland State Univ. Don't have one right now. Graduate Student Erin Flowers Astrophysics Princeton Univ Columbia Univ. Graduate Student Courtney Carter Astronomy Columbia University Grinnell College Graduate Student Christina Walker Optics Delaware State Notre Dame of Maryland Univ. 2018 Chiamaka Okoli Physics Univ. of Waterloo University of Nigeria, Nsukka Univ. of Waterloo (Deceased) 2019 (MA) and 2019 (MA) Bryne Hadnott Earth and Planetary Science Johns Hopkins Univ. (MA) and Cornell University (MA) Washington University in St. Louis Freelance Science Writer and STEM Educator Graduate Student Ashley Walker Astrochemistry and Planetary Science Howard University Chicago State University Graduate Student Ashley Blackwell Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Univ. of Illinois Chicago Dillard Univ. Graduate Student Xandria R. Quichocho Physics Michigan State University Texas State University Texas State University 2022 Caprice Phillips Astronomy The Ohio State University University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate Student Marika E M Edwards Physics w/ Astronomy Emphasis, and Mechanical Engineering University of Florida University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Graduate Student Graduate Student Brianna Thomas Astronomy Univ. of Washington Howard Univ. Graduate Student India Jackson Physics Georgia State University Georgia State University Graduate Student 2009 Taviare Hawkins Physics Syracuse University Univ. Iowa in Iowa City Saint Catherine University 2015 Patrice Edwards Physics Florida A&M University College of Coastal Georgia 2008 J Bianca Jackson Applied Physics Univ. Michigan Columbia Univ General Dynamics Mission Systems Graduate Student Michelle Lollie Physics Indiana Univ. Bloomington (MS), Louisiana State Univ. Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. (BS) Graduate Student Graduate Student Analis Lawrence Physics University of Florida Florida International University Graduate Student Jessica Tucker Physics Florida A&M University Eastern Michigan Univ. 1978 Marlene H.P. McKetty Medical Physics University of Florida Univ of Wisconsin Unknown 2018 Candace Harris Physics Florida A&M Spelman LLNL Graduate Student Elizabeth Atang Physics University of Idaho University of Fort Hare (South Africa) Graduate Student Farrah Simpson Physics Brown University Columbia Univ. Graduate Student Jamelle Watson-Daniels Physics Harvard University Brown University 1951 [MS] Carolyn Beatrice Parker Physics Michigan (MS, mathematics, 1941) Harvard (MS, Physics, 1951) Fisk 2018 Erin G. Cox Astronomy University of Illinois University of Arizona Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA) 2017 Mareena Robinson Snowden Nuclear Science and Engineering MIT Florida A&M University Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Graduate Student LaNell Williams Physics Vanderbilt University (2016 M.S.), Harvard University Wesleyan 2018 Jessica Nicole Esquivel Physics Syracuse University Saint Mary's University of San Antonio TX Postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 2010 [MS] Jessica A Harris Physics Fisk University (MS) Grambling State University National Radio Astronomy Observatory 2020 Eileen Gonzales Physics CUNY Graduate Center (PhD), San Francisco State (MS) Michigan State 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University 2015 Crystal Bray Applied Physics Stanford University University of California, Berkeley Uber Graduate Student Bethlee M Lindor Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Washington Princeton University 2014 Aomawa Shields Astronomy and Astrobiology University of Washington MIT University of California, Irvine 1980 Deborah Jackson Physics Stanford Univ. MIT National Science Foundation 2014 Bernadette Cogswell Physics Vanderbilt Florida State University Virginia Technology Univ. 1995 Zelda Gills Optics Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Southern University 2011 Yvonne Edmonds Physics Stanford University McKesson 2001 Windy Hinton Nuclear Physics Hampton Univ. Norfolk State 1972 Willie Hobbs Moore Physics (First) Univ. of Michigan Univ. of Michigan Ford 1987 Willetta Greene-Johnson Physics Univ. of Chicago Stanford Univ. Loyola Univ. Chicago 2016 Whitney Ingram Physics University of Georgia University of Georgia Sandia National Laboratory 2004 Vernessa Edwards Physics-Optics/Lasers Alabama A & M Univ. Alabama A&M Univ. 2014 Vera Loggins Nuclear Physics Wayne State Univ. Univ. of Detroit Mercy Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary 2009 Vanessa Cohen Astronomy Univ. of Maryland Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis Milton Academy 2012 Trivia Frazier Biomedical Physics Tulane Univ. Dillard Univ. Obatala Sciences 2001 Trina Coleman Theoretical Nuclear Physics Hampton University Hampton University Coleman Comprehensive Solutions, LLC 2003 Tracee Jamison Hooks Electrical Engineering North Carolina A & T Howard Univ. NASA Goddard 2009 Tonia Venters Astronomy and Astrophysics Univ. of Chicago NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 1990 Theda Daniels-Race Electrical Engineering Cornell Univ. Rice Univ. Louisiana State Univ. Graduate Student Teresa Monsue Physics Vanderbilt 2007 Tennille Presley Biophysics Ohio State Univ. North Carolina A&T State Univ. Winston Salem State Univ. 2008 Telana Jackson Engineering Electrophysics Morgan State Univ. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 2012 Taeyjuana Lyons Physics Univ. of Michigan Florida State University Cisco 2002 Tabbetha Dobbins Materials Science and Nanoscience Pennsylvania State Univ. Lincoln Univ Rowan Univ. 2015 Staci Brown Physics Florida A&M University Florida A&M University 2004 Sophia Suarez Condensed Matter Physics City Univ. of New York Hunter College of CUNY Brooklyn College Graduate Student Simone Brookes Physics NCSU 1976 Sigrid McAfee Physics NYU-Poly Vassar College Rutgers Univ. 1973 Shirley Ann Jackson Physics MIT MIT Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2016 Sherita Moses Applied Physics Alabama A & M Univ. Andrews University Loyola Univ. Chicago 1994 Shelia Nash-Stevenson Physics Alabama A&M University Alabama A&M University NASA 2006 Shavesha Rutledge Analytical Chemistry American Univ Alabama A&M Univ. Cyfor Technology 2005 Shannon Watson Experimental Condensed Matter Willam and Mary Furman University NIST 2012 Serena Eley Physics UIUC California Institute of Technology Colorado School of Mines 2000 Sandra Brown Condensed Matter Ph.D. MIT; J.D. Fordham University Hunter College of CUNY Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2000 Ruth D. Jones Physics Alabama A & M Univ. NASA Glenn Research Center 1991 Reva Williams Astrophysics Indiana Univ. Bloomington Northwestern Univ. Bennett College and Univ. of Florida 2010 Renata Afi Rawlings-Goss Biophysics Univ. of Michigan Florida A&M University 2011 Rachel McKinsey Medical Physics University of Wisconsin-Madison Southern Univ. e+CancerCare 1977 [MS] Patricia Canty Wyatt Physics MIT Emmanuel College General Electric (Deceased) 1997 Pamela Blakeslee Physics MIT Univ. of Chicago Washington State Univ. Graduate Student Olivia McAuley Physics Bryn Mawr UNC-Chapel Hill 1985 Nola Hylton Applied Physics Stanford Univ. MIT Univ. of San Francisco 2012 Nneka Williams Structural Geology and Geophysics California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology Chevron 1997 Njema J. Frazier Physics Michigan State Univ. Carnegie Mellon University National Defense Univ. 2012 Nicole Campbell Applied Physics Univ. of Michigan UT Arlington Raytheon Missile Systems 2010 Nia Imara Astrophysics UC Berkeley Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 2010 Natanette Craig Physics Florida A & M Univ. Florida A & M Univ. 2001 Nadya Mason Physics Stanford Univ. Harvard University Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2015 Myriam Telus Geology and GeoPhysics Univ. of Hawaii-Manoa Univ of Chicago Hawaii Institute for Geophysics and Planetology 1975 Muchere C. Russ Physical Chemistry Univ. of Pittsburgh Howard Univ. IBM and Huston-Tillotson Univ. (Retired) 2013 Monique Walker Physics NC State Univ. Yale 2011 Monika Schleier-Smith Physics MIT Harvard Stanford 2021 Moiya McTier Astrophysics Columbia Harvard Chevron 1994 Meredith Williams GeoPhysics Columbia Ohio State Chevron 1986 Mercedes Richards Astronomy Univ. of Toronto Univ of West Indies Penn State Univ. 2012 Melissa Harrison Fortuna Vanderbilt Xavier Intel 1986 Mary James Applied Physics Stanford Univ. Hampshire College Reed College 2007 Marty Baylor Physics Univ. of Colorado Boulder Kenyon College Carleton College 1997 Martha Gilmore Planetary Science Brown Univ. Franklin & Marshall Wesleyan 1999 Marta Dark McNeese Physics MIT University of Virginia Spelman College 2005 Maritza Tavarez-Brown Astronomy Univ. of Michigan Hunter College of CUNY Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart Graduate Student Marion Greene Biomedical Physics East California Univ. Hampton Univ. 2013 Lynnae Quick Earth and Planetary Science Johns Hopkins Univ. North Carolina A&T State Univ. NASA Goddard 2004 Lisa Dyson Physics MIT CEO Kiverdi 2001 Letemeskel Asfaw Physics Kent State Univ. Addis Ababa Univ. Hope Univ. College in Addis Ababa 2015 Leslie Upton Applied Physics Univ. of Michigan National Science Foundation 2013 Lauren Bose Physics US Santa Cruz California Institute of Technology 2012 Lauren Denkins-Taffe Physics Howard Univ. Howard Univ. Dept of Defense 2003 Laura Ariel Phillips Astrophysics Princeton McGill (Canada) Notre Dame 2007 LaQuieta Huey Physics Alabama A&M Grambling NASA Marshall Space Flight Center 2004 Kristina Woods Physics Stanford Univ. CMU 2004 Kim Lewis Applied Physics Univ. of Michigan Rensselear Polytechnic Institute 2000 Kharissia Pettus Physical Chemistry UC San Diego University of Virginia Freelance Science Writer 2021 Kelsea Gill Physics Smith College University of Manchester 2009 Kelly Nash Physics UTSA Dillard UTSA Graduate Student Katrina Miller Physics Univ. of Chicago Duke 1940 [BS] Katherine G. Johnson Physics West Virginia State (BS) (attended graduate school in the 1940s) 2002 Kandis Lea Jessup Astrophysics Univ. of Michigan SWRI 2006 Kandice Tanner Physics UIUC South Carolina State University National Cancer Institute 2019 Kalisa Villafana Nuclear Physics Florida State Florida A & M Univ. Intel 2015 Julie Dumas Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Xavier University of Louisiana 2014 [MS] Jessica Freeman Physics Hampton Univ. Hampton Univ. Stratford 2011 Jennifer Blum Physics Univ. of Michigan Columbia Univ. United States Department of Defense 2014 Jedidah Isler Astrophysics Yale Univ. Norfolk State Univ. 2016 Jasmine Graham Applied Physics Univ. of South Florida South Carolina State Univ. UF Health Cancer Center (Orlando) 2016 Jasmine D. Crenshaw Mat Sci Eng-Biomaterials Univ of Florida North Carolina A & T State Univ. HHMI 1997 Jarita Holbrook Astronomy & Astrophysics UCSC California Institute of Technology Univ. of Western Cape (S. Africa) 1976 Janet Smith-Kintner Physics Univ. of Minnesota Grinnell Cornell Univ. (Deceased) 2007 Jami M. Valentine-Miller Condensed Matter Physics Johns Hopkins Univ. Florida A&M Univ. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2015 Ivy Krystal Jones Physics Hampton Univ. Tuskegee Univ. Aurora Univ. 2000 Helen Major Optics/Plasma Physics Howard Univ. Lincoln Univ. (PA) 2014 Helen C. Jackson Applied Physics (Nuclear) US Air Force Institute of Technology Tennessee State University Summit2Sea Consulting 1971 [MS] Hattie Carwell Health Physics Rutgers University Bennett College US Department of Energy (Retired) 2012 Hadiyah Nicole Green Physics UAB Alabama A&M Univ. Morehouse School of Medicine 1996 Gillian Reynolds-Titko Physics MIT Hunter College of CUNY JPMorgan Chase & Co / WRLDS 2015 Gayle Ratliff Physics Illinois Institute of Technology Florida State Univ. Northwestern Univ. 1974 [MS] Francine Wright Bellson Physics MIT Earlham College Music Manager 1998 Florence Egbe-Etop Physics Hampton Univ. Bowie State Univ. 1989 Fay Marks Physics Stanford Univ. Swanlight Organization 2010 Fana Mulu Moore Physics Alabama A & M Univ. Alabama A & M Univ. Aims Community College 2014 Fabienne Bastien Physics/Astro Vanderbilt BS UMCP; MS Fisk Pennsylvania State Univ. 1993 Evelyn Hammonds History of Science MIT Spelman College Harvard (retired) 2001 Erica Thompson Optical Physics Hampton Univ. Fisk Intel Corporation 2017 [MS] Erica Morgan-West Physics Florida A&M University Tennessee State 1977 Elvira Williams Physics Howard Univ. NC Central Shaw Univ. 2003 Elaine Lalanne Applied Physics New Jersey Institute of Technology Wellesley College Fibertek Inc. 1998 Donna Washington Stokes Physics Univ. of Houston Southern Univ. Univ. of Houston 2006 Desiree Jangha Nuclear and Radiological Physics-Health Physics Georgia Tech Hampton Univ. AlantiCare 2000 Denise Brown-Anderson Optical Materials UAB Center for Naval Analysis 2009 Delonia Wiggins Physics Florida A & M Univ. Broward College 2021 Delilah Gates Physics Harvard University of Maryland, College Park 1999 Dara Norman Astronomy University of Washington MIT NOIRLab 1990 Cynthia R. McIntyre Physics MIT Council on Competitiveness 2013 Cynthia Prudence Applied Math Univ. of Rhode Island Univ. of Rhode Island Rackspace 1993 Claudia Alexander Space Physics Univ. of Michigan UC Berkeley JPL (Deceased) 2011 Chieze Ibeneche-Nnewihe Physics UT Austin UT Austin BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. 1993 Chantale Damas Applied Physics UCSD Rensselaer The City Univ. of New York 2010 Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Theoretical Cosmology Univ. of Waterloo Harvard University of New Hampshire 2010 Cecille Labuda Physics-Acoustics Univ. of Mississippi Univ. of Mississippi Univ. of Mississippi 2002 Carol Scarlett Physics University of Michigan Yale Florida A&M University 2010 Candice Etson Biophysics Harvard Hunter College of CUNY Wesleyan 2015 Cacey Stephens Bester Physics Univ. of Chicago Southern Univ. Swarthmore College 2020 Brooke Russell Physics Yale Princeton Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 2018 [MS] Bianca Lane Physics JHU Hampton Univ. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 1998 Beth Brown Astronomy Univ. of Michigan Howard Univ. NASA (Deceased) 1981 Barbara A. Williams Astronomy (First) Univ. of Maryland Univ of NC Greensboro Univ. of Delaware (retired) 2002 Aziza Baccouche Nuclear Physics Univ. of Maryland College of William & Mary AZIZA Productions, Inc. 2006 Ayana Holloway-Arce Experimental High Energy Physics Harvard Univ. Princeton Unix. Duke Univ. 1974 Arlene P Maclin Physics Howard Univ. North Carolina A&T State Univ. Howard Univ. as MSEIP/IREPHU Program Senior Staff 1998 Apriel Hodari Physics Hampton Univ. Purdue Univ Center for Naval Analysis 2001 Anouk Shambrook Astronomy & Astrophysics Univ. of Californa, Santa Cruz Columbia University Strategic Solutions 1973 Anna J. Coble Biophysics (First) Univ. of Illinois Howard Univ. (Deceased) 2006 Angelina Amadou Physics Howard Univ. Univ. Abdou Moumouni, Niger Howard Univ. 2007 Angela Osterman Meyer Astronomy Georgia State Georgia Tech Durham Academy 2001 Andrea Stith Biophysics Univ. of Virginia Univ. of Delaware Univ. of California, Santa Barbara 2006 Andrea Sealy Atmospheric Science Howard Univ. Jackson State Univ. Caribbean Institute for Meterology and Hydrology 2021 Amber K. Lenon Physics Syracuse University Syracuse University 2003 Althea G. Bluiett Physics Hampton Univ. Elizabeth Univ. 2002 Alicia Uzzle Nuclear and Applied Physics Hampton Univ. Hampton University Huntington Ingalls Industries- Newport News Shipbuilding 1996 Alicia Clay-Jones Chemical Physics UC Davis Loyola Univ. New Orleans GE Capital and Loyola Univ. New Orleans 2004 Aisha Fields Optics Alabama A & M Univ. Hampton Univ. All African People’s Development & Empowerment Project 2004 Adrienne Stiff-Roberts Physics Univ. of Michigan Spelman Duke Univ. 2011 Adrienne Block GeoPhysics Columbia Ohio State Mastercard