University of Washington

In the UW Astronomy department I currently teach ASTR 101: Astronomy, our intro-to-astro online-format undergraduate course; ASTR 322: The Contents of Our Galaxy, a junior-level course for astronomy majors on focused on understanding and observing the stars in our own Milky Way; and ASTR 531: Stellar Interiors and Evolution, a graduate-level course on the physics dictating stars’ interiors and how they evolve. You can learn more about all of these courses and the rest of our department’s classes in the UW course catalog.


I co-authored the Understanding Stellar Evolution e-textbook with Henny J. G. L. M. Lamers. This is a graduate-level text on stellar interiors, their evolution, and the effects of phenomena including stellar winds and mass loss, pulsations, rotation, and binary evolution. It can be accessed for free from AAS-IOP with an institutional subscription! Our book includes full original color illustrations, discussion questions and end-of-chapter exercises, and complete lecture slide decks (available in both Keynote and Powerpoint format) that can be used for teaching the content (instructors should email me or Henny to learn more about accessing these slides). Read more on my Books page.

The Great Courses

I’ve recently begun working on developing my first filmed astronomy class for The Great Courses! The course, a full twenty-four lecture series, should be available beginning in late 2020 or early 2021.

Right now we’re still in the midst of the writing, filming, and production stages of the project, but check in here for updates and news on the course title, topics, and eventual release date!