I am an observational extragalactic astronomer who specializes in ground- and space-based imaging and spectroscopy.

My research focuses on active galactic nuclei, supermassive black hole mass measurements, black hole scaling relationships, and AGN host galaxies.

For a recent summary of some of the research activities in my group, please see my summer 2021 talk for the International AGN Seminar Series.

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Contact Info
bentz (at) astro.gsu.edu
25 Park Place Suite 605
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA
Professional Memberships
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
International Astronomical Union (IAU)
American Physical Society (APS)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Public Engagement

2021 - Present

Georgia State University
Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Notable Service:
    AAS Publications Committee, Chair (2023-2025)
    AAS Publications Committee, Deputy Chair (2022-2023)
    Margaret Burbidge Visiting Professorship, UC San Diego (2021)

2016 - 2021

Georgia State University
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Notable Service:
    NASA COPAG Executive Committee (2017-2020)
    GSU Physics and Astronomy Executive Committee (2017-2020)
    Carl R. Nave Award for Outstanding Teaching, GSU Society of Physics Students (2020)
    GSU Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (2019)
    College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior Faculty (2018)

2010 - 2016

Georgia State University
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Notable Service:
    NASA Roadmap Committee (2013)
    College of Arts and Sciences Oustanding Junior Faculty (2014)
    College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Early Career Award (2013)
    StateStats.org Top 20 Women Professors in Georgia (2013)
    National Science Foundation CAREER Awardee (2013)

2009 - 2010

University of California, Irvine
NASA Hubble Fellow

2007 - 2009

University of California, Irvine
Postdoctoral Researcher


2005 - 2007

Doctor of Philosophy
PhD: Astronomy

The Ohio State University

PhD Advisor: Bradley M. Peterson
Dissertation: "Black Hole Scaling Relationships: New Results from Reverberation Mapping and Hubble Space Telescope Imaging"
Honors: Allan Markowitz Graduate Award for Excellence in Observational Astronomy (2006)

2002 - 2005

Master's Degree
MS: Astronomy

The Ohio State University

Research Advisors: Patrick S. Osmer, Bradley M. Peterson
Honors: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2004)
    2nd Place, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Hayes Graduate Research Forum (2004)
    Ohio State University Graduate Fellowship (2002)

1998 - 2002

Bachelor's Degrees
BS: Physics, BS: Astronomy

University of Washington

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Inductee (2002)
    Baer Prize for Undergraduate Excellence in Astronomy (2001)
    NASA Space Grant Scholar (1998-2002)