Kate Brown

Kate Brown is the Thomas M. Siebel Distinguished Professor in the History of Science in the Science and Technology Studies program at MIT. She is an environmental historian and the author of several notable books. Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters is a parallel account of plutonium production plants established for nuclear weapon production at two sites—one in the former Soviet Union and the other in the United States. In this highly original account, she illuminates the transformation of an ecology largely untouched by major industrial forces to an environmental disaster zone that has had tragic consequences for workers, community members, and nature alike.

Can We Contain Nuclear Crises?