My work is focused on detecting and characterizing the population of massive black holes in low-mass galaxies to provide observational constraints for models of BH formation and growth. I am particularly interested in using time domain observations to identify active black holes in low-mass galaxies that are missed by other selection techniques.
Prior to my current position, I was a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at Yale University. I received my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Michigan in 2017.
Office: Webster Physical Sciences 947H
Phone: (509) 335-9179
Fax: (509) 335-7816
E-mail: vivienne.baldassare at wsu.edu