Katherine Whitaker

Research Interests

Observational galaxy formation and evolution: quenching of star formation,
galaxy morphology, star formation rate – stellar mass relation, spatially-resolved
stellar populations, spectroscopic ages, dust content, star formation efficiency.



  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Yale University, 2012
  • M.Sc., Astronomy, Yale University, 2007
  • B.Sc., Physics and Astronomy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005


  • 2017-present: Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 2015-2017: Hubble Fellow, UMass Amherst
  • 2012-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Astronomical Society


  • 2015: Dirk Brouwer Memorial Prize, Yale University