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About Aaron J. Romanowsky

Dr. Aaron J. Romanowsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San José State University. Dr. Romanowsky has worked on a variety of astrophysical topics, including dark matter, supermassive black holes, gravitational lensing, the expansion of the universe, modified general relativity, star clusters, planetary nebulae, X-ray emitting hot gas, and galaxy interactions. His research makes use of cutting-edge facilities including the Keck Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA supercomputers. His current emphasis is on the origins of galaxies revealed through their dynamics -- using a combination of observations, theory, and simulations.


October 2012 Present Research Associate, University of California, Santa Cruz ‐ Observatories
August 2012 Present Associate Professor, San Jose State University Physics and Astronomy
July 2007September 2012 Associate Specialist, University of California, Santa Cruz ‐ Observatories
October 2004June 2007 Researcher in Astronomy, University of Conception ‐ Department of Physics
June 2002October 2004 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Nottingham ‐ School of Physics and Astronomy
2005 Visiting Adjunct Professor, National University of La Plata ‐ Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences

Research Interests


2014 San Jose State University, Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity award
San Jose State University
Role: Principal Investigator
2009 - 2013 Probing the Fundamental Halo Properties of Early-type Galaxies Using a New Technique for Wide-field Stellar Kinematics
National Science Foundation - AST-0909237
National Science Foundation, Astronomy & Astrophysics Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - Present Science Case Collaborator, The Synoptic All-Sky Infrared Survey
2012 - 2013 Referee, Astronomy & Astrophysics
2012 Referee, Canadian Time Allocation Comittee Gemini Telescope
2010 - 2012 Referee, The Astrophysical Journal Letters
2010 - 2011 Organizer, Journal Club, UCO/UCSC
2010 Panel Review, National Science Foundation
2004 - 2009 Referee, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society,
2008 Member, Colloquium Committee, UCO/UCSC
2007 Referee, Canadian Time Allocation Committee Gemini Telescope
2007 Referee, The Astrophysical Journal
2004 - 2007 Member, FONDAP Centro de Astrof´isica
2004 - 2007 Member, Sociedad Chilena de Astronomia
2006 Member, Chilean Telescope Allocation Committee
2006 Referee, Science
2005 - 2006 Organizer, Internal seminar series, Astronomy group, Universidad de Concepci´on
2005 Referee, Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters
2005 Referee, Nature
2004 Referee, PATT/Gemini Observatory
2004 Referee, PATT/William Herschel Telescope
2003 - 2004 Organiser, Lunchtime Astronomy Talks, Univ Nottingham
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Honors and Awards

  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 1996
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 1994
  • University of California Regents Scholarship, 1990–1994
  • National Merit Scholarship, 1990–1991


  • PHYS 140, Computational Methods in Physics (seminar + lab), San Jos´e State University, Aug.–Dec. 2012
  • PHYS 240, Computational Physics, San Jos´e State University, Jan.–May 2013
  • ASTR 155, Topics in Modern Astronomy, San Jos´e State University, Jan.–May 2013


1999 Ph.D., Harvard University ‐ Astronomy
1996 M.S., Harvard University ‐ Astronomy
1994 B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ Creative Studies / Physics

Contact Information


Refereed Publications (128)