Kelsie M. Krafton, PhD

Program Officer, Space Studies Board, NASEM



  • 2023-Present Program Officer, SSB, NASEM
  • 2021-2022 AAAS STPF, Dept. of Energy
  • 2019-2021 John N. Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, AAS
  • 2014-2019 Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Physics, LSU
  • 2012-2013 Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • 2010-2014 Administrative Assistant, Dept. of Astronomy, UMass Amherst
  • 2007-2009 Research Assistant, Dept. of Marine and Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute


Ph.D. (Physics) 08/2019 Louisiana State University

Thesis: Modeling the CSM and Ejecta of SN2010jl (Advisor: Geoffrey Clayton)

B.S. (Astronomy and Physics) 2014 University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • 2022: Panelist for AAAS SEA Change May 2022 Community Conversation
  • 2022-2023: NASA Community College Network Subject Matter Expert
  • 2020-Present: Volunteering with Homes Not Borders to house Afghan refugees
  • 2020-Present: Volunteering to clean up Rock Creek Park in DC
  • 2019-Present: Astronomy Ambassador
  • 2019: LSU Geaux Science for Girls
  • 2018-2019: LSU Girls Days at the Museum- interactive stomp rocket exhibit for girls in primary school
  • 2018-2019: Founded Physics and Astronomy Grad Student Organization at LSU
  • 2018: Attended AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop in Washington, DC and visited Louisiana Congressmen to talk about the benefits of funding research in Louisiana
  • 2018: CIRTL Online Courses on improving Science Education and Communication
  • 2018: Chair Session at Curriculum Camp Curriculum Theory Conference, Panel on Innovative Methods for Teaching Secondary Social Studies
  • 2017-2019: Member of LSU Women in Science
  • 2017-2019: Astronomy on Tap- outreach event
  • 2017-2019: Mentor high school student on how to collect data and run Monte Carlo simulations
  • 2017-2019: Mentor undergraduate on modeling code


  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2019)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017)
  • American Physical Society (2014)
  • American Astronomical Society (2013)


Disentangling Dust Components in SN 2010jl: The First 1400 Days

Krafton, A. Bevan, J. E. Andrews, E. Montiel, R. Wesson, M. Niculescu-Duvaz, M. J. Barlow, I. De Looze & G. C. Clayton. 2019, ApJ, in prep.

Supernova 2017eaw: molecule and dust formation from infrared observations

Tinyanont, M. M. Kasliwal, K. Krafton, R. Lau, J. Rho, D. C. Leonard, K. De, J. Jencson, D. Mawet, M. Millar-Blanchaer, R. Nilsson, L. Yan, R. D. Gehrz, G. Helou, S. D. Van Dyk, E. Serabyn, O. D. Fox & G. Clayton. 2019, ApJ, submitted

A decade of dust formation in the Type IIn SN 2005ip

Bevan, R. Wesson, M. J. Barlow, I. De Looze, J. E. Andrews, G. C. Clayton, K. Krafton, M. Matsuura & D. Milisavljevic. 2018, MNRAS, submitted

Early dust formation and a massive progenitor for SN 2011ja?

Andrews, K. Krafton, G. Clayton, E. Montiel, R. Wesson, Ben E.K. Sugerman, M. J. Barlow, M. Matsuura & H. Drass. 2016, MNRAS 457, 3241–3253