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Faculty | Liese van Zee

Liese vanZeeProfessor
Ph.D. Astronomy,
Cornell University, 1996

Contact Information:

Department of Astronomy
Indiana University
Swain West 410
727 East Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-0274
Email: lvanzee [at]

Biographical Information:

Professor van Zee has been on the IU Astronomy faculty since 2001. She received a B.S. in Astronomy and Chemistry from Haverford College in 1991, an M.S. in Astronomy in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996 from Cornell University. She was a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at NRAO-Socorro and a Research Associate at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics. She typically teaches A107 (The Art of Astronomy), A221-A222 (General Astronomy I-II), A452 (Extragalactic Astrophysics), and A575 (Structure and Evolution of Galaxies).

Research Interests

Professor van Zee is working on several projects related to understanding the links between star formation, elemental enrichment, and gas distribution and kinematics in star forming galaxies. Her work focuses on both the star formation history and evolution of dwarf galaxies (including stellar population models and regulatory mechanisms for star formation) as well as the elemental enrichment of spiral and irregular galaxies.

See the Indiana Extragalactic Research Group Web Page for more details.


  • The Art of Astronomy (A107)
  • General Astronomy I (A221)
  • General Astronomy II (A222)
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics (A452)
  • Structure and Evolution of Galaxies (A575)

Selected Publications

Complete list of refereed publications from ADS