After a year as a physics major at the University of Maryland, I added astronomy as my second degree and haven’t looked back since. I’m currently a first-year graduate student here at the Institute for Astronomy. In addition to my love for astronomy, I enjoy hiking, sports, and musicals.

I am currently working with Ben Shappee and the ASAS-SN team on multi-wavelength photometric and spectroscopic follow-up of tidal disruption events. My research interests also include a number of topics related to AGN, including outflows, X-ray spectroscopy, and multi-wavelength variability.

I also enjoy sharing the amazing things happening in astronomy with the community. I’m involved in multiple outreach opportunities including Mauna Kea Scholars, the AAS Ambassadors Program, and writing for Astrobites.



  • Ionization Mechanisms in Quasar Outflows (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2019ApJ...881...31H/abstract)
  • Examining a Peak-luminosity/Decline-rate Relationship for Tidal Disruption Events (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020ApJ...894L..10H/abstract)
  • Discovery and Follow-up of ASASSN-19dj: An X-ray and UV Luminous TDE in an Extreme Post-Starburst Galaxy (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020arXiv200606690H/abstract)
  • The Rise and Fall of ASASSN-18pg: Following a TDE from Early to Late Times (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020ApJ...898..161H/abstract)
  • ASASSN-14ko is a Periodic Nuclear Transient in ESO 253-G003 (https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2020arXiv200903321P/abstract)


I’ve been a teaching assistant for:

  • ASTR 110L (non-major astronomy lab)
  • ASTR 110 (non-major astronomy lecture)


  • Astrobites Writer
  • Graduate Admission Representative (2020-2021)
  • Advised REU student (Summer 2020)
  • Graduate Colloquium Representative (2019-2020)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM (SACNAS)

Jason T. Hinkle

Graduate Student
B.S. Physics, University of Maryland
B.S. Astronomy, University of Maryland
IfA Mānoa,