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Claude-André Faucher-Giguère

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy


Areas of Focus

  • Theoretical astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy formation and evolution


  • Understanding the multi-scale physical processes that govern galaxy formation in the cosmological context:
  • The origin of the structure of the universe
  • The nature of dark matter and dark energy
  • How stars and black holes form
  • Galactic dynamics
  • Connections with the intergalactic medium


After completing a Miller Research Fellowship at UC Berkeley and a NASA Einstein Fellowship, Dr. Faucher-Giguère joined the physics & astronomy faculty at Northwestern, where he is currently an associate professor. He received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the NSF in 2017, a Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in 2018, and he was named a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in Space Science in 2019. This distinction recognizes researchers who have produced multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations. Only 0.1% of the world’s researchers, across 21 research fields, have earned this distinction.