Adjunct Professor Kathryn Kooistra

Kathryn Kooistra

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Kathryn Kooistra is an adjunct professor in the physics department and her primary interest is in astronomy. She grew up in New Jersey and moved out to San Francisco to pursue her Masters in 2016. In addition to teaching, she also gives shows at the California Academy of Sciences, where she presents on everything from comets to black holes.


  • Physics
  • Astronomy


  • San Francisco State University, MS in Physics with a Concentration in Astronomy, 2019
  • Muhlenberg College, BS in Physics, 2015

Prior Experience

  • Lecturer Faculty in Physics, San Francisco State University
  • Planetarium Presenter, California Academy of Sciences