Gerald V. Dunne

Interim Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs and Professor


Research Interests

Welcome to the homepage of Gerald Dunne. I am a Professor of Physics at UConn. I conduct research in theoretical particle physics, the physics of the fundamental building blocks of the natural world. In particular, I work on quantum field theory with applications to the strong interactions of sub-nuclear particles and fields such as quarks and gluons, as well as the application of large-scale ultra-intense lasers to particle physics. I also have an active research program in mathematical physics. I am a member of the UConn Particle-Astro-Nuclear (PAN) Group.



  • Ph.D., Theoretical Physics, Imperial College, London, 1988
  • M.Sc., Theoretical Physics, University of Adelaide, 1985
  • B.Sc., Mathematical Physics, University of Adelaide, 1984


  • 1992-present: Professor, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut
  • 1990-1992: Instructor, Department of Mathematics, MIT
  • 1988-1990: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Theoretical Physics, MIT

Professional Societies

  • Life Member, American Physical Society
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (U.K.)
  • Fellow, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
  • 2002-2009: Editorial Board, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
  • 2004-2009: Section Editor for Classical and Quantum Field Theory, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical


  • 1985-88: Commonwealth Scholar, Association of Commonwealth Universities and The British Council
  • 1998: Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award, University of Connecticut
  • 1999 Visiting Professor, Technion, Israel
  • 2000 PPARC Research Fellow and Visiting Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford
  • 2000 Visiting Professor, Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • 2003 Rockefeller Foundation Residency Award, Bellagio (Italy)
  • 2006 Distinguished Visitor Award, University of Adelaide
  • 2007 DFG Mercator Professor, Universitaet Heidelberg
  • 2014 Visiting Professor, Technion, Israel
  • 2014 Senior Scholar Award, US-Germany Fulbright Commission
  • 2014 DFG Mercator Professor Award, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena
  • 2016- International Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg
  • 2017 UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Faculty Research Excellence Award
Contact Information
Mailing AddressDept. of Physics, University of Connecticut unit 3046, 196 Auditorium Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3046
Office LocationS413F