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Steven A. Rodney

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Physics and Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2599
Office: Jones Physical Science Center, Room 701
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Steven Rodney

Research Focus

Steve Rodney is an Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy.   He earned his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, and then went on to Johns Hopkins University, where he was awarded a Hubble Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.   His research is aimed at measuring vast distances across the universe using stellar explosions, or supernovae.  He has used Hubble Space Telescope surveys to test supernova progenitor pathways and to constrain cosmological models.  He has also used HST to study supernovae that are being amplified by gravitational lensing, a warping of spacetime that allows galaxies to act as cosmic magnifying glasses.
At the University of South Carolina Steve has led a course transformation project for introductory astronomy, organized a campus-wide outreach program for the 2017 total solar eclipse, and developed a partnership to train graduate students in inquiry-based teaching.   In 2018 he received the Garnet Apple Award for teaching excellence and was awarded a McCausland Faculty Fellowship in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In 2019 he was selected to join the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Innovation Incubator as a Faculty Innovative Teaching Associate.


  • Supernova Progenitors
  • Supernova Cosmology
  • Peculiar Stellar Explosions
  • Gravitationally Lensed Transients
  • Space-based Imaging Surveys


SN Refsdal: Photometry and Time Delay Measurements of the First Einstein Cross Supernova  Rodney, Strolger, Kelly et al. 2016, ApJ, 820, 50

• Deja Vu All Over Again: The Reappearance of Supernova Refsdal  Kelly, Rodney, Treu et al. 2016, ApJL, 819, 8

• Two Type Ia Supernovae at z∼2: Improved Classification and Redshift Determination with Medium-band IR Imaging   Rodney, Riess, Scolnic et al. 2015, AJ, 150, 156

• Illuminating a Dark Lens : A Type Ia Supernova Magnified by the Frontier Fields Galaxy Cluster Abell 2744  Rodney, Patel, Scolnic et al. 2015, ApJ, 811, 70

Multiple Images of a Highly Magnified Supernova Formed by an Early-Type Cluster Galaxy Lens  Kelly, Rodney, Treu, et al. 2015, Science, 347, 1123

• The Type Ia Supernova Rate to Redshift 2.5 from CANDELS: Searching for Prompt Explosions in the Early Universe  Rodney, Riess, Strolger et al. 2014, AJ, 148, 13

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