Matthew Headrick

Matthew Headrick

Associate Professor
Martin Fisher School of Physics
Brandeis University

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. Recently, the main focus of my work has been 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 award, by a grant from the Department of Energy, and by It from Qubit: Simons Collaboration on Quantum Fields, Gravity, and Information, a multi-institution grant from the Simons Foundation of which I serve as Deputy Director.

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

Throughout calendar-year 2017, I am on sabbatical at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, as a Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics. The best way to contact me is by e-mail.

More about me and my work:

Slides and video from some colloquia, conference talks, and lectures I've given recently:

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