My dissertation will examine how the Canadian state constructed and deployed atomic expertise as both a form of geopolitical force and as a means to encourage a socio-cultural mindset rooted in the grim paradoxes of the atomic age. The project is organized around three major questions: How did Canada (1) come to define itself as an authority on atomic matters, (2) deploy this expertise to represent itself as capable of, and entitled to, greater influence in building the postwar international order, and (3) focus its atomic expertise and its “powerful and indelible” nuclear imaginaries to construct a national identity organized around progress, modernity, and anxiety?
Prior to pursuing doctoral studies within the department, I received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Bioinformatics & AI) and a Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies.
- History of Science and Technology
- Contemporary History (Cold War)
- Digital History / Humanities
- History of Expertise
- Politics-patronage-science nexus
- Conceptions of Modernity
- Atomic Cultural History and Narratives
- Technological Imaginaries