## About me

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, did my undergrad in Chemistry & Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, and went on to graduate school in theoretical physics at the University of California at Berkeley. I grew enamored with supersymmetric and supergravity theories, and this took me all over the world. First, I went down under to work with Sergei Kuzenko at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and then to Amsterdam, where I worked with Bernard de Wit at Nikhef. Afterwards, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy in College Station, Texas.

## Research interests

I am a theoretical physicist interested in the interplay between mathematical physics, supersymmetry, and string theory. My work is inspired by string theory, which remains our strongest candidate for the unification of Einsteinâ€™s general relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics, but I am primarily interested in what supersymmetryâ€™s restrictive mathematical structure can tell us about quantum field theory and quantum gravity.

Some topics I have worked on include supersymmetric non-linear $\sigma$-models (especially in anti-de Sitter backgrounds), general formulations of off-shell supergravity-matter actions, higher derivative corrections in supergravity theories, and duality-covariant formulations of supergravity (such as double and exceptional field theory).

“It is only slightly overstating the case to say that physics is the study of symmetry.” – Philip W. Anderson