James Unwin

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Chicago


After receiving my DPhil from the University of Oxford under the supervision of John March-Russell, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. I moved to Chicago to take up a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2015, where I am currently an Assistant Professor. I live with my Family in downtown Chicago.

My primary research interests lie at the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, in connection with physics beyond the Standard Model. I have previously written on a diverse range of topics including supersymmetric models, collider physics, astrophysics, and string phenomenology. Much of my recent work has focused on dark matter and astroparticle physics, since is an area with a plentitude of recent and forthcoming experimental data. I also conduct a sideline of interdisciplinary research from an applied mathematics perspective.


Mar 1, 2022 During Academic Year 2022-2023 I will be based at UC Berkeley and the University of Oxford.
Jan 15, 2022 I have been invited to be a Distinguished Academic Visitor at the Queen’s College, Oxford in 2023.
Nov 15, 2021 My PhD students Prolay Chanda and Qingyun Wang are both admitted to Doctoral Candidacy after successfully passing their Preliminary Examinations.