I’m a Professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, where I also direct the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and serve as associate director of the African Studies Center. 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.

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. And I’m contemplating a project on transnational toxic trash. 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.