Katherine L. Rhode

Katherine L. Rhode

Associate Professor, Astronomy


  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Yale University, 2003
  • M.S., Astronomy, Yale University, 1998
  • M.A., Astronomy, Wesleyan University, 1997

Research interests

Dr. Rhode's primary research area is the origin and evolution of galaxies and their stellar populations. She has ongoing projects to survey the globular cluster populations of giant spiral, lenticular, and elliptical galaxies with wide-field CCD cameras and to study the kinematics and dynamics of extragalactic globular cluster systems with multi-object spectrographs like WIYN/Hydra, AAT/AAOmega and MMT/Hectospec. Dr. Rhode is also leading a campaign to obtain WIYN ODI imaging of specific types of objects discovered by the ALFALFA neutral hydrogen survey, and she was involved in the discovery of the nearby galaxy Leo P.

In addition to her research on galaxies, Dr. Rhode has investigated the rotational evolution of young, solar-type stars. She has used WIYN/Hydra to measure the rotational velocities of hundreds of T Tauri stars located in Galactic open clusters like the Orion Nebula Cluster, IC 348, and NGC 2264.

About Katherine L. Rhode

Katherine Rhode joined the IU Astronomy faculty in August 2007. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Sonoma State University in 1989, she held positions at the Maria Mitchell Observatory, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. She earned a Master's degree in Astronomy at Wesleyan University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Yale University in 2003. From 2003 to 2006, she was an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment at Wesleyan and Yale Universities.

Dr. Rhode serves on the Board of Directors of the WIYN 3.5-m Observatory.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association from 2014-2022 and is now a member of the Honorary Board.


Selected publications

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Recent courses

  • A105: Stars and Galaxies
  • A452: Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • A505: Principles and Techniques of Observational Astronomy
  • A780: Graduate Seminar on Stellar Populations in Galaxies