Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll

Formal First Name
1966 - present

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and active science communicator. Dr. Carroll is a Research Professor in the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in the California Institute of Technology Department of Physics, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research has focused on fundamental physics and cosmology, particularly issues of dark matter, dark energy, quantum mechanics, spacetime symmetries, and the origin of the universe. He has taught more than 200 scientific seminars and colloquia and given more than 50 educational and popular talks. In addition, he has written for numerous publications including Nature, New Scientist, The American Scientist, and Physics Today. Dr. Carroll frequently consults for film and television, and has been featured on television shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS's Nova, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has also served as a science consultant for films such as Thor and TRON: Legacy, as well as for TV shows such as Fringe and Bones. Dr. Carroll is going to be Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from the summer of 2022.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • His research ranges over a number of topics in theoretical physics, including cosmology, field theory, particle physics, and gravitation.

  • He also has interests in the intersection of science and the arts, the philosophy of physics, and implications of metaphysical naturalism.

  • He also worked on extra dimensions, topological defects, black holes, and the cosmological constant problem.

  • He has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics, the emergence of spacetime, and the evolution of entropy and complexity.

  • Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics, the arrow of time, and the emergence of complexity.


  • He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at University of California.

  • He taught in the Physics Department and the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago.

  • He has received research grants from NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.

  • He has received fellowships from the Sloan and Packard foundations.

  • He has been the Malmstrom Lecturer at Hamline University, the Resnick Lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a National Science Foundation Distinguished Lecturer.


  • The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Space, Time, and Motion (2022)

  • Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime (2019)

  • Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity (2019)

  • Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones (2019)

  • The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself (2016)

  • God and Cosmology: William Lane Craig and Sean Carroll in Dialogue (Greer-Heard Lectures) (2016)

  • The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World (2012)

  • From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (2009)


  • 2013 - 2015 100 Global Thought Leaders, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

  • 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books

  • 2007 NSF Distinguished Lecturer, National Science Foundation

  • 2006 Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion, Villanova University

  • 1996 MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award