Assistant Professor
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow
2011 -- 2013
U Wisconsin, Madison

Sherman Fairchild Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics
2008 -- 2011
California Insitute of Technology

Contact Information

email: abrooks at physics.rutgers.edu
office: 306 Serin
office phone: (848) 445-8877
Mail: Dept of Physics & Astronomy
Rutgers University
136 Frelinghuysen Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854


University of Washington
Summer 2008
Ph.D. in Astronomy
Thesis Title: "The Role of Gas in the Evolution of Disk Galaxies"
Thesis Advisor: Fabio Governato

University of Washington
Sept 2004
M.S. in Astronomy

Macalester College
Dec 2000
B.A. in Physics with Astronomy emphasis, magna cum laude


2016 Outstanding Teaching Award, presented by the Society of Physics Students of Rutgers University
2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Physics
Tinsley Visiting Scholar, UT Austin, Spring 2010
Space Grant Fellow, Spring 2008
Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, 2005
Space Grant Fellow, 2002-2003

Equity & Outreach

Member, CSMA
The American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy
Panelist, Women's Leadership Conference
18th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Career Pathways. Physics Sciences career panelist. Sponsored by the South Brunswick Commission on Women, for high school girls (at South Brunswick High School).
March 2015
Project SUPER Mentor
Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates: A Program for Excellence in Research) is a STEM-focused enrichment program that offers undergraduate women the opportunity to actively participate in academic research.
Spring 2014
Price Foundation Fellows Program Mentor
The goal of the PFF program is to provide supportive services to youth, ages 17-25, attending Rutgers (who have current or former experience in the child welfare system in New Jersey or other States) to successfully graduate from college.
Spring/Summer 2014
Girl Scouts
Led "Big Explosions & Strong Gravity" workshop event for Girl Scouts of greater Los Angeles.
May 2009
Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP)
Coordinated outreach and information sessions on the Astronomy Department's Pre-MAP program.
Fall 2005 -- Spring 2006
The Ronald E. McNair & The Early Identification Programs
U. Washington Office of Minority Affairs
Graduate Advisor. Mentored underrepresented undergraduates in their research and graduate school preparation process. Designed and led workshops about the graduate application process and tools for successful research. Coordinated annual undergraduate research symposium.
Fall 2003 -- Spring 2005
SMARTGirls (Science and Math At the Right Time for Girls) Expand Your Horizons
Annual workshop addressing science and diversity with middle school girls.
2003/2004 2005/2011

Invited Talks (since arrival at Rutgers)

Case Western Reserve U, Dwarf Galaxies on the Shoulders of Giants June 2017
KITP, Quantifying and Understanding the Galaxy-Halo Connection
Caltech, TAPIR Seminar
May 2017
Fermilab, Colloquium
U Conn, Physics & Astronomy Colloquium
April 2017
Princeton U, Pheno & Vino talk
Simons Center at Stony Brook U, Beyond WIMPs: From Theory to Detection
March 2017
OSU, CCAPP Seminar Feb 2017
Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, Non-WIMP Dark Matter Nov 2016
APS Mid-Atlantic Conference
Montreal, Canada, Exploring the Universe with JWST - II
Oct 2016
Rider University, Science Series Fridays Sept 2016
Princeton University, Thunch talk May 2016
Lorentz Center, Leiden, Dark Matter on the Smallest Scales
Radcliffe Institute, Rethinking Dark Matter
STScI, May Symposium, What Shapes Galaxies?
Apr 2016
AAS Special Session: Astrophysical Constraints of Dark Matter Properties Jan 2016
U Delaware, Astronomy Seminar Series Dec 2015
Yale University, Census, Evolution, Physics: The Public Release of the 3D-HST Nov 2015
Macalester College, Physics Colloquium Oct 2015
plenary talk, CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society meeting)
KICP, U Chicago, Friday Seminar Series
May 2015
Yale Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Seminar Series
Columbia University, Astro Seminar Series
Apr 2015
Case Western Reserve University, Astronomy Colloqium
PHISCC (Pathfinders HI Science Coordination Committee) Workshop
Mar 2015
Origins Institute, McMaster University, Colloqium
U Washington, DUSC Seminar
Jan 2015
Perimeter Institute, Particle Theory Seminar
U Waterloo, Physics Colloquium
UC Berkeley, Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) Seminar Series
Dec 2014
NYU, Astrophysics Seminar Series
invisibles webinar
Sept 2014
11th Potsdam Thinkshop, Satellite Galaxies and Dwarfs in the Local Group Aug 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Astroparticle Physics: A joint TeVPA/IDM conference
Aspen Center for Physics, Summer Colloquium Series
June 2014
8th Sackler Conference in Theoretical Astrophysics, Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter May 2014
IAS, Seminar Series
KITP, Santa Barbara, Fire Down Below: The Impact of Feedback on Star and Galaxy Formation
AMNH, Astronomy Seminar
April 2014
Lehigh University, Physics Colloqium
Kenyon College, Physics Colloqium
March 2014
UC Riverside, Astronomy Seminar
Tenerife, Spain, Invited Lecturer, DAGAL Collaboration Meeting
Feb 2014
NRC-Herzberg, Victoria, BC, Astronomy Seminar Jan 2014
CUNY, 2013 Tri-State Astronomy Meeting Sept 2013
Harvard University, Self-Interacting Dark Matter Workshop Aug 2013

Last modified: 10-Jul-2015