John F. Donoghue

Distinguished Professor – Emeritus
Department of Physics
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Active Now:

This summer I am giving a mini-course on General Relativity as a Perturbative Quantum Field Theory for the Basics of Quantum Gravity online school sponsored International Society for Quantum Gravity. This will be about 10 hours of lectures for theorists, presented during June and September 2023, and recorded for future use. The notes and references can be found on my GR-QFT webpage.

Also in June 2023, I gave 3 lectures covering Effective Field Theory Techniques for General Relativity, to the experimental and theoretical students of the TRISEP summer school. I posted those notes on a separate page.

Moreover, also recently active was a short course on Effective Field Theory, given to the Perimeter Scholars program.



I am a theoretical physicist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

While over the years I have worked on many topics, my primary active research areas are gravitational physics and particle physics.

You can learn more about my research by exploring the links above. Despite good intentions, I have not been keeping up with maintaining these pages. In the meantime, my papers on inSPIRE provide a way to see what I have been recently working on.

I have retired from the teaching and service roles at the University. This allows me more time for exploring my research interests. It also allows more freedom in travel for conferences and talks, which I have taken advantage of.


Here is a link to my papers on inSPIRE.

My papers can also be found using my profile on Google Scholar

Readers looking for information about our Dynamics of the Standard Model book can find it here.

Recent citations of my papers can be found here:

Dynamics of the Standard Model is now free in Open Access:

Get an online version for free at this link

New book- A Prelude to Quantum Field Theory:

Lorenzo Sorbo and I have completed a short book designed to help students transition from Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory. Titled A Prelude to Quantum Field Theory , it has been published by Princeton University Press. Here is the link.

There is also a website for the book which gives problems/exercises, errata, and other readings.

Teaching and lectures

I have had to opportunity to teach in various settings, with the results being preserved online. For the recent links, please see the following:

Here are links to a course of Effective Field Theory at the Perimeter Institute. This consists of 6 hours of lectures with PDF files and video lectures recorded.

In June and September of 2023, I am teaching an online course on General Relativity as a Quantum Field Theory for the International Society for Quantum Gravity .  This will be about 10 hours of lectures for young theorists. The links are in the discussion above.

I also taught a 4.5 hour course on Effective Field Theory Methods for Gravity at Perimeter as part of the TRISEP summer school. This is aimed at students with both experimental and theory interests. Again the links are at the top of this page.

Hopefully one of these is useful. There are also other options available at my site for  General Relativity as a Quantum Field Theory,

YouTube channel:

Geev Nahal Gelehpordsari (currently at Fermilab), has kindly created a YouTube channel for the video records of three of my courses. Combined with notes which I have uploaded, these then provide the contents for my Quantum Field Theory I, Quantum Field Theory II and General Relativity as a Quantum Field Theory courses. Please feel free to use these course materials.

Other related pages:

Here is a link to the University main page.

Here is the Physics Departmental page .

The Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions provides a focus for the theoretical and experimental efforts.

My CV (last updated June 2020) can be  found here –  CV – 2020 

Academic genealogy:

Here is a link to my academic genealogy. It goes back to Jacob Bernoulli, but stops there because he was self-taught.

In the other direction, here is a link to my Ph.D. students and their work.

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