I’m a Professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, where I also direct the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. I hold a PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania (1992), and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT (1986). Before arriving at UM in 1999, I taught at Stanford University. I’ve been a visiting scholar in universities in Australia, France, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, and Sweden. I recently served as associate director of UM’s African Studies Center, and remain an active participant in the ASC’s joint project with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (South Africa) on African Humanities, theory, and empiricism in the Global South.
Most of my research has been on nuclear things. I’ve written books about uranium from Africa (specifically, Gabon, Madagascar, Namibia, Niger, and South Africa) and nuclear power in France. Now I’m expanding my scope. I’m beginning a book on technology and power in Africa, as well as a series of essays tentatively titled Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene. Themes that traverse these topics include contemporary technopolitics, occupational and environmental health, labor, ontological politics, and nationalism, colonialism, and post-coloniality.
For details, see this reasonably recent CV.