Matthew W. Kunz

Associate Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
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B.S., Astronomy-Physics with High Distinction, University of Virginia, 2003

B.S., Music, University of Virginia, 2003

Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009


Research Interests:

  • Astrophysical plasma dynamics: disks, winds, atmospheres, and dynamos
  • Instability, turbulence, and transport in weakly collisional plasmas
  • Instability, turbulence, and transport in poorly ionized plasmas
  • Numerical methods in magnetohydrodynamics and kinetics

Awards & Honors

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2020-25
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Physics, 2017-20
  • NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2011-14
  • UIUC Excellent and Outstanding Teachers Lists, 2003-09
  • UVA Lawn Resident, 2002-03


  • AST 554 Irreversible Processes in Plasmas
  • AST 521 Introduction to Plasma Astrophysics
  • AST 303 Deciphering the Universe: Research Methods in Astrophysics


Selected Publications