Nathaniel Craig

2014 Regional Award Finalist — Post-Doc

Nathaniel Craig

Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

University of California, Santa Barbara (Previously at Rutgers University)

Theoretical Physics

Recognized for: Theoretical contributions to using the properties of the Higgs boson in the search for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise: Theoretical high energy physics, theory beyond the Standard Model, collider phenomenology and LHC physics

Nathaniel Craig


PhD, Physics, Stanford University
AB, Physics, Harvard University

Nathaniel Craig received his undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard in 2005 and obtained his PhD in 2010 from Stanford University, where he worked under the mentorship of Savas Dimopoulos. After completing his graduate studies, Craig became a Research Associate at Rutgers University and also a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He has recently been appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Craig’s research is focused on theory and phenomenology of physics beyond the Standard Model. In particular, he is interested in the search for new physics in the data obtained at the Large Hadron Collider and has proposed pioneering approaches to using the properties of the Higgs boson to probe this new physics. His work has led to the formation of international collaborations and resulted in numerous, highly cited publications.

Key Publications:

  1. Craig N, Lou HK. Scherk-Schwarz Supersymmetry Breaking in 4D. INSPIRE. 2014
  2. Craig N, Green D. Testing Split Supersymmetry with Inflation. JHEP. 2014
  3. Craig N, Howe K. Doubling down on naturalness with a supersymmetric twin Higgs. JHEP. 2014

Other Honors:

2010 Paul H. Kirkpatrick Teaching Award, Stanford University
2005 LeRoy Apker Award, American Physical Society
2002-2004 John Harvard Scholar, Harvard University
2004 Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University
2002 Jacob Wendell Prize, Harvard University
2002 Detur Prize Harvard University
2001 Lucent Global Science Scholar
2001 Second Prize, Intel Science Talent Search

In the Media:

It's too soon to declare supersymmetry a tragedy. Science News. October 17, 2013
Higgs mass isn't natural, but maybe it shouldn't be. Science News. October 22, 2013
Symmetric universe may be written in fabric of space-time. New Scientist. 11 March 2009