Jedidah Isler

Jedidah Isler

Jedidah Isler

Astrophysicist,
Vanderbilt University

Jedidah Isler is an award-winning astrophysicist and a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University, where she studies supermassive, hyperactive black holes called blazars. She has been recognized as a TED Fellow, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and one of The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans in 2016 for her innovative research and efforts to inspire a new generation of STEM leaders from underrepresented backgrounds. She is the founder of #VanguardSTEM and host of the monthly web series “Vanguard: Conversations with Women of Color in STEM.” She has been an invited participant in Astronomy Night at the White House and has been featured in various publications, including Wired, Diversity in Action, Ebony, NPR: CodeSwitch and The Crisis Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times. Isler works with schools, museums, libraries, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country to advance the cause of truly inclusive STEM engagement, and has established herself as a champion of access and empowerment in STEM education from middle school and beyond.