Stephen Shenker
Richard Herschel Weiland Professor
Physics
Bio
Professor Shenker's contributions to Physics include:
 Basic results on the phase structure of gauge theories (with Eduardo Fradkin)
 Basic results on two dimensional conformal field theory and its relation to string theory (with Daniel Friedan, Emil Martinec, Zongan Qiu, and others)
 The nonperturbative formulation of matrix models of lowdimensional string theory, the first nonperturbative definitions of string theory (with Michael R. Douglas)
 The discovery of distinctively stringy nonperturbative effects in string theory, later understood to be caused by Dbranes. These effects play a major role in string dynamics
 The discovery of Matrix Theory, the first nonperturbative definition of String/M theory in a physical number of dimensions. Matrix Theory (see Matrix string theory) is an example of a gauge/gravity duality and is now understood to be a special case of the AdS/CFT correspondence (with Tom Banks, Willy Fischler and Leonard Susskind)
 Basic results on the connection between quantum gravity and quantum chaos (with Douglas Stanford, Juan Maldacena and others)
Administrative Appointments

AsstFull Professor, University of Chicago (1981  1989)

Professor, Rutgers University (1989  1998)

Professor, Stanford University (1998  Present)

Director, Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (1998  2009)
Honors & Awards

Member, National Academy of Sciences (2015)

Lars Onsager Prize, American Physical Society (2010)

Dean's Award for Distinguished Achievements in Teaching, Stanford University (2007)

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)

Fellow, American Physical Society (2003)

Undergraduate Teaching Award, Rutgers Society of Physics Students (1992)

Fellow, MacArthur Foundation (1987)

Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF (1985)

Fellow, Sloan Foundation (1983)
Professional Education

Ph.D., Cornell University (1980)

B.A., Harvard University (1975)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Professor Shenkerâ€™s research focuses on quantum gravity, in particular string theory and M theory, with an emphasis on nonperturbative aspects.
202122 Courses
 Graduate Quantum Mechanics I
PHYSICS 230 (Win) 
Independent Studies (2)
 Curricular Practical Training
PHYSICS 291 (Aut)  Research
PHYSICS 490 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
 Curricular Practical Training

Prior Year Courses
202021 Courses
 Advanced Theoretical Physics I: Random Matrices in Physics
PHYSICS 450 (Aut)  Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
PHYSICS 231 (Spr)
201920 Courses
 Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
PHYSICS 231 (Spr)  Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 212 (Aut)
201819 Courses
 Graduate Quantum Mechanics II
PHYSICS 231 (Spr)  Statistical Mechanics
PHYSICS 212 (Win)
 Advanced Theoretical Physics I: Random Matrices in Physics
Stanford Advisees

Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
Stanislav Fort, Brandon Rayhaun 
Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
Yijian Zou 
Doctoral Dissertation CoAdvisor (AC)
Shunyu Yao 
Doctoral (Program)
Sam Cree, Alexander Frenkel, Bryen Irving, KyungSu Kim, Akshat Pandey, Nicholas Rapidis, Joshua Sandor, Samuel Wong, Michelle Xu, Kangning Yang, Kevin Zhou