Monica Jinwoo Kang


Mail Code 452-48

California Institute of Technology

1200 East California Boulevard

Pasadena, CA 91125, U.S.A.


Office: 423 Downs-Lauritsen Laboratory

Hello! I am a Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellow at California Institute of Technology(Caltech) in the Particle Theory Group and Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics. My research interests are gravity theories and CFTs, with or without supersymmetry, via algebraic, geometric, string-theoretic, and field-theoretic perspectives. In particular, I work on supersymmetric theories from 3d to 6d (both bottom up field theoretic approach and top down string-theoretic approach), gravity theories and holographic constructions, operator-algebraic approach to AdS/CFT and entanglement entropy, and holographic codes.

I received Ph.D in Physics at Harvard University in May 2019 on "Two Views on Gravity: F-theory and Holography." My thesis is based on works with my collaborators Mboyo Esole, Shing-Tung Yau, and others. I graduated from UC Berkeley for Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics in May 2012 where I was fortunate to be be guided in condensed matter physics, geometry, and analysis. Before my undergraduate studies, I attended Korea Science Academy.

From Spring 2020, I am organizing high energy theory seminar at Caltech. The seminar website is where the schedule is updated.

I have organized a conference on "Stringy Geometry for Junior Researchers" on Friday, September 28th of 2018, at Northeastern University with Mboyo Eseole. This is a conference for (graduate) students and postdocs in near Boston area; the speakers and their talk titles can be seen in the linked website.

Outside of math and physics, I enjoy dancing, singing, and playing the violin. Throughout grade school and secondary school I danced lyrical and contemporary competitively; I have danced ballroom/latin as a member of the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team.