John Sinclair

Dr. John Sinclair
Assistant professor and Program Coordinator of Physics
Hahn Science Center 204



 Dr. Sinclair received his Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2011. His research focuses on high temperature superconducting wires used in electrical transport and magnet design and equitable educational practices in STEM. Dr. Sinclair is currently interested in mastery grading in physics and other alternative grading practices.

Dr. Sinclair teaches physics classes at Kentucky Wesleyan College that range from Physics in the Arts to Electrodynamics and everything in between! Dr. Sinclair is often heard saying that the greatest skill he can teach his students is how to analyze a problem, abstract it to a model and reapply the results to real situations in life. These transferable skills are a focus of the physics classes Dr. Sinclair teaches at Kentucky Wesleyan College keeping a liberal arts tradition at the heart of his curriculum.

In his free time Dr. Sinclair enjoys spending time with his wife Mary and dogs Willy and Benji hiking, camping or enjoying their backyard. They are frequently found at local walking trails or state parks in Kentucky or Indiana on the weekend. Dr. also enjoys playing with his many return tops or yoyos. If you want to see someone do a little more than walk the dog, you should stop by his student hours. 


B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2012 – J W Sinclair, Y L Zuev, C Cantoni, S H Wee, C Varanasi, J R Thompson and D K Christen.

Matching field effects at tesla-level magnetic fields in critical current density in high-

Tc superconductors containing self-assembled columnar defects. Superconducting Science and Technology. 25. 115003.

2011 – R Feenstra, J W Sinclair, J R Thompson and D K Christen. Intra- and inter-grain currents in coated conductors with arbitrary grain boundary properties from magnetic measurements. Superconducting Science and Techology 24. 062001

2011 – Ö Polat, J W Sinclair, YL Zuev, JR Thompson, DK Christen, SW Cook. Thickness dependence of magnetic relaxation and – characteristics in superconducting (Gd-Y)-Ba-Cu-O films with strong vortex pinning. Physical Review B. 024519