I'm a physicist, and I specialize in observational cosmology, the study of the origins, evolution, and overall structure of the universe. I've worked on the instrumentation and data analysis for several telescopes that you can read more about on my research page. I currently live in the beautiful city of Durban, South Africa, where I work as a senior lecturer in the astrophysics/cosmology group at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Before coming here, I was a postdoc at UChicago (but based at the South Pole) and Princeton. I received my PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2008, and I did my undergraduate work at the University of Illinois in my home town, Champaign-Urbana. In my spare time, I enjoy making random things, tinkering, art, and playing piano. Most folks call me Cynthia, which is generally easier to say than my first name.