Elizabeth Freeland

Full Professor, Adj., Liberal Arts

Elizabeth Freeland has been teaching at SAIC since 1999. She departed in 2009 and returned in 2013. She took her sabbatical during the 2022 Academic Year.

Physicist Elizabeth Freeland has designed several courses at SAIC that explore the topics of modern and classical physics. She is particularly interested in teaching math and physics to non-scientists at SAIC, allowing them to form connections between science and their artistic practice. Her presentations on physics work in relation to the design issues shared by upper-level and graduate students. Freeland’s recent research has examined various female scientists and looks to include them in the physics and mathematics canon. She is currently writing a book about French physicist and intellectual, Émilie du Châtelet.

Freeland is a recipient of the American Physical Society’s Blewett Fellowship, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship, and SAIC’s Faculty Enrichment Grant. Freeland collaborated with scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory pursuing research in the field of theoretical elementary particle physics, particularly in the sub-discipline of lattice gauge theory.


1996 PhD Condensed Matter Physics, Johns Hopkins University
1990 BS Physics and Mathematics, Tulane University

Notable Classes Taught:

Discoveries in Physics
Mathematical Thinking
Physics of Motion