I'm Christina Manzano (King). I was raised in Ewa Beach, Hawai'i and moved to California in 2013 to work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. I am currently in the final year of my Physics PhD (with a focus on Astronomy) at the University of California, Riverside. My research focuses on how supermassive black holes affect the evolution of small galaxies. I investigate this question using spatially resolved spectroscopy of nearby dwarf galaxies with and without active black holes.
When I am not studying space, I am organizing. I strongly value equity and persistently strive to foster an inclusive environment in my workplace while pushing for positive change in my community. I founded Physics Grad Allies, collaborated with friends across campus to establish weekly R'Grad Peer Support Groups, and am currently serving as president of the Physics Organization for Womxn and the Under-Represented. Off campus, I proudly advocate for ethical scientific practice and the protection of Mauna Kea.