Chang's research interests include supernovae, compact objects, disk dynamics, plasma astrophysics, and turbulent star formation. In general terms, he is interested in various aspects of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology.
Philip Chang received his B.A. from Harvard in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005 under the direction of Professor Lars Bildsten. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2005-2009 and at the University of Toronto from 2005-2009. Since 2011, Chang has been working at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he holds the rank of Assistant Professor.