Matthew Headrick

Matthew Headrick

Associate Professor
Martin Fisher School of Physics
Brandeis University

Office: Abelson 310
Office phone: 781-736-2858
E-mail: mph(at)

I am a member of the Brandeis High-Energy and Gravitational Theory Group. My research spans a variety of areas of theoretical and mathematical physics, including string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, general relativity, geometry, quantum information theory, and statistical mechanics. I am currently focused on the use of concepts and tools from quantum information theory, such as entanglement entropies, to better understand field theories, gravitational theories, and holographic dualities connecting them.

My work is supported by a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, as well as by It from Qubit: Simons Collaboration on Quantum Fields, Gravity, and Information, a multi-institution grant from the Simons Foundation for which I serve as Deputy Director. I may be hiring a postdoc through this program to start in September 2016; please see the ad at Academic Jobs Online.

I am always looking for talented graduate students to join our group. If you are interested, please apply to our PhD program. (I read applications only through the university's admissions process, so please do not send your CV or other application materials directly to me.)

During Fall 2015, I am teaching Physics 31b: Quantum Theory II and Physics 162a: Quantum Mechanics I. In Spring 2016, I will teach Physics 162b: Quantum Mechanics II. This year I am also a Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow.

More about me and my work:

Some of my recent papers:

Slides and video from some talks I've given over the years:

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