Assistant Professor

Olin-Rice Science Center, 128


Anna Williams is an assistant professor who joined the Macalester Physics and Astronomy department in Fall 2018.  She recently received her PhD in astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and spent the summer continuing to do research at Wisconsin as a post-doc.  Her primary research focuses on observational detections of magnetic fields in distant galaxies using radio telescopes.  These observations are driven by two main questions: 1. “What is the origin of galactic-scale magnetic fields in galaxies?” and 2. “How do these magnetic fields affect the star formation and evolution of galaxies, and vice-versa?”  She is excited to be at Macalester, and looks forward to getting students involved in her research.