About me

My name is Sanjit Shashi. I am a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California's Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP), working primarily with Edgar Shaghoulian.

I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a bachelor's in math. I then completed my PhD in physics in 2023 at the University of Texas at Austin, under Elena Cáceres and working heavily with Andreas Karch.


For a complete list of my papers, please refer to my page on the inSPIRE database or to my CV.

Most of my physics work concerns holographic duality or "holography," a mathematical equivalence between theories of quantum gravity and theories describing quantum phenomena with no gravity. Duality is nothing new to physics, with perhaps the most well-known example being the equivalent treatments of light as either a particle or a wave. Gravity is no different, and (in my view) holographic duality is no less profound.

In the past several decades, holography has served as a novel bridge between gravity, condensed-matter physics, and quantum information. It has been and continues to be a valuable framework for studying fundamental questions about the universe. Holography's most prominent application in recent years has been to resolving questions about the physics inside of black holes.

Contact info

Office: Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 327, 550 Red Hill Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Email: sashashi@ucsc.edu