About Me

H Perry Hatchfield (he/him) is a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut, studying the formation of stars and gas flows in the Milky Way’s Galactic Center using techniques of both observational and computational astrophysics.

Hi! I’m H Perry.

I’m currently a PhD Candidate in the University of Connecticut’s department of Physics where I study the star formation process in the Milky Way Laboratory, advised by Professor Cara Battersby. Read more about my research interests here. As of Fall 2021, I am on the postdoctoral job market!

I’m also a writer for Astrobites, and sometimes write about physics at my blog, physicsandyou.com. Sharing my love for physics and astronomy is one of the great joys of my life, and I do my best to take topics that seem arcane and inaccessible and make them more approachable for a much broader audience.

Outside science, I’m a big fan of writing and reading poetry and science fiction, playing the mandolin, board games and D&D, hiking and bicycle touring.

What I Do –

Where I’ve Been –

PhD Candidate in Physics at University of Connecticut
(2016 – current)
I am a 5th year graduate student in the department of physics, working with Professor Cara Battersby in the Milky Way Laboratory. My work is focused on star formation and the Milky Way’s Galactic Center using techniques of both observational and computational astronomy. I achieved PhD candidacy and was awarded a Masters degree in Physics in Spring 2019.

Oberlin College (2012 – 2016)
I earned my undergraduate degrees in physics and creative writing at Oberlin College. I graduated with high honors from the physics department, where my research focused on the unusual (and as of yet entirely theoretical) spacetime due to cosmic strings and massive filaments. My creative writing work was largely focused on prose poetry.