Jared Wunsch received his PhD from Harvard University in 1998. After a postdoctoral position at Columbia University and a faculty position at Stony Brook University, he joined Northwestern in 2002. He served as chair of the mathematics department from 2012 to 2015.
Wunsch works in microlocal analysis and spectral and scattering theory. Much of his work concerns the question of how the behavior of waves is influenced by the geometry of the space on which they propagate, especially when that geometry is allowed to be singular.
Wunsch was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013. In 2021 he was awarded a Simons Fellowship. In recognition of his teaching, he received a WCAS Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011.