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Paul Josephson

Foto perfil Paul Josephson

Professor Emeritus, Colby College (Waterville, Maine, USA)


Paul Josephson is a specialist in Soviet and Russian history, the history and politics of twentieth century science and technology, and environmental history.  He first visited the USSR in 1984 and has conducted research in the former Soviet Union including in Ukraine, and in Siberia and the Arctic, for a total of three years. Josephson is the author of 15 books including the forthcoming NUCLEAR RUSSIA and scores of articles and chapters. He is one of the world's foremost specialists on nuclear issues in the Cold War and beyond. He is now writing a global environmental history of the nuclear age.

Josephson has lectured in Europe, Asia, South and North America.

Background and education

  • (1987) Short version: A History of Soviet physics, 1920-1940, MIT
  • (1978) M. A. in Soviet studies, Harvard
  • (1975) B. A. in history, Antioch College


  • 1980-presentJosepson has won fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanites, Fulbright and other organizations and foundations. 


Research interests

  • History of Big Science and Technology
  • Environmental History
  • History of the Former Soviet Union
  • Gender and Science
  • Biology, Nature and Technology

Research projects

Selected publications

  • Josephson, Paul.2022.Nuclear Russia.Forthcoming:Bloomsbury.
  • Josephson, Paul; Kasperski, Tatiana; Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė; Stsiapanau, Andrei

    2021.Splitting the Atom, Creating Trust.Atomic Heritage,Toma T Working Paper, Linköping University:68-83
  • Josephson, Paul.2021.Cтроительство империи и фронтир советской/постсоветской эпохи.Уральский исторический вестник,vyp. 4 (73):88-96
  • Josephson, Paul.2021.Nuclear-Society Relations from the Dawn of the Nuclear Age.In:

    Kaijser, Arne; Lehtonen, Markku; Meyer, Jan-Henrik; Rubio Varas, Mar (eds)

    Engaging the Atom. The History of Nuclear Energy and Society in Europe from the 1950s to the Present.(Energy and Society Series). Morgantown:West Virginia University Press,pp: 27-52 (peer reviewed).
  • Josephson, Paul.2020.Chicken: From Farm to Factory.Cambridge:Polity.
  • Josephson, Paul.2019.Boris Gessen as Philosopher and Polemicist: Ideology, Politics and the New Physics in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s.Science and Politics,vol. 13, no. 1:10-36 (peer reviewed)
  • Josephson, Paul.2017.Traffic.New York:Bloomsbury.
  • Josephson, Paul.2016.Putin, the Arctic and the Environment.Global Environment,vol. 9:376- 413 (peer reviewed)
  • Josephson, Paul.2015.Fish Sticks, Sports Bras, and Aluminum Cans: The Politics of Everyday Technologies.Baltimore:Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Josephson, Paul.2014.The Conquest of the Russian Arctic.Cambridge:Harvard University Press.
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