School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology
221 Bobby Dodd Way, Atlanta GA 30332-0225
Phone: 404 894 7765 Fax: 404 894 0535
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Research and teaching
My research is centered on the history of two iconic domains of state-driven innovation in the cold war, the nuclear and space, extended to include the role of major Foundations as vectors of American interests abroad. My teaching is mostly at the graduate level, where I also advise three to five students on an ongoing basis. My contact with undergraduates is mostly at Georgia Tech’s Summer Study Abroad programs in Oxford, where we are lodged in Worcester College, and in Metz (France) where GATech has its own satellite campus.
My undergraduate teaching is evaluated online by a Course Instructor Opinion Survey. I won the Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2012 and again in 2013. For summer 2015 my score on the synthetic question ‘Considering everything, the instructor was an effective teacher’, was 4.9/5.0 for a response rate of some 80% in my two classes (95 students overall). Currently (November 2015) I am ranked Best in the School on three questions: Considering everything the instructor was an effective teacher; Instructor’s ability to stimulate my interest in the subject matter; Instructor’s clarity in discussing or presenting course materiual.
Impact factors are notoriously misleading but are given some weight by my Institute. My h-index is 19. I have been the Charles Lindbergh Professor at the National Air and Space Museum, a Davis Fellow at Princeton University (History), the Eleanor Searle Visiting Professor at Caltech (Humanities and Social Sciences) and Resident Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC in Vancouver, Canada. . I won the GATech Distinguished Facuty Research Award in 2008.
Organization of the website
This website describes my research trajectory and provides access to detailed information on some of my books, as well as to pdfs of a selection of my published articles and those that are in press. The articles are distinguished by categories, namely, Atoms for Peace, Gas Centrifuge Enrichment, Europe in Space, and Transnational Circulation/Proliferation. The last shapes much of my recent work, that focuses on the regulation of the cross-border flows of sensitive knowledge in the nuclear and space fields, and so can be read as a contribution to non-proliferation studies. Miscellania is an assortment of work that does not fit neatly into any of these four categories.