Kevin Schawinski graduated from Cornell University in the United States in 2004 with degrees in both physics and mathematics.
He is a professor at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich. Following that, he went to the University of Oxford, where he was a fellow at Christ Church College and later the "Henry Skynner Junior Research Fellow" at Balliol College. He received his Doctorate.Phil in 2008.
While a graduate student at Oxford, Schawinski founded the citizen science project Galaxy Zoo along with researcher Chris Lintott.
His research at Yale included studies of black holes, galaxy formation, and co-founding the citizen science project Planet Hunters. In 2012, he became a professor in the Institute for Astronomy at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland.
He is the secretary of the Swiss Society of Astrophysics and Astronomy, the professional society of astronomers in Switzerland.