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 Nuclear Sites Project 

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

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GloDec's Nuclear Sites Project is committed to educating the next generation about the interconnectedness of systemic disenfranchisement in sites of nuclear infrastructures across the world. 

 

The Nuclear Sites Project is developing a database of in-depth case studies of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and mining sites, many of which are located in borderlands with fraught political, social, and legal histories. The case studies examine the political, legal and social processes of systemic disenfranchisement of communities inhabiting the nuclear sites. The goal is to foreground how decolonization is an ongoing process in those spaces.

 

The case studies will be made openly available on this website for use in future research and teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Recent Publications & Presentations

Sarkar, J. & C. Meyer, "Radiation Illnesses & COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 3 Feb. 2021

Recent Events:

Research presentation by Nuclear Sites Ambassadors & GloDec's Director at Princeton University Science & Global Security Seminar, April 7, 2021.

FALL 2021 NUCLEAR SITES INTERNS

HUB CC 284, Global Decolonization Initiative Internships, Boston University

Internship Handout

Alexis Bauer

Alexis Bauer ('22) is a senior at Boston University studying International Relations and History with a focus on Africa and Public Health. During her time as a nuclear sites intern, Alexis will research French nuclear testing in Algeria, hoping to understand the effects this testing had on the Algerian people. She hopes to use this research to raise awareness of the effects of colonialism and nuclear weapons on public health.

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Erin LeBlanc

Erin LeBlanc ('23) is a junior at Boston University double majoring in Political Science and International Relations with a focus on Europe and international systems and world order. In her research as a Nuclear Sites Intern, Erin will focus on French nuclear weapons testing in the Muroroa atoll in French Polynesia. Erin will be continuing to explore her interest in international systems and world order in the Geneva Internship Program through Boston University in the spring of 2022. 

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Nisha Rao

Nisha Rao ('22) is a Senior at Boston University, studying Economics and Political Science. As a research intern with the Global Decolonization Initiative, she focuses on the political economy of radiation. Throughout this project, she hopes to understand how we can better understand and help communities who have been affected by radiation sickness. 

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Austin Turner

Austin Turner (’22) is a Senior at Boston University, double majoring in International Relations and History while also minoring in Business. He has enjoyed having the opportunity to explore the political economy of radiation by focussing on the privatization, secrecy, and access to information under varrying economic and political systems in the world. Austin intends to continue his studies in international relations and nuclear issues at the graduate level in the coming years. 

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SPRING 2021 NUCLEAR SITES AMBASSADORS

Nuclear Sites Ambassadors were a select group of interns from summer and/or fall 2020, who represented Boston University's Nuclear Sites Project in its collaboration with Nuclear Princeton at Princeton University.

Caitlin Meyer

Internship:

Summer-Fall 2020

Caitlin Meyer (’22) is a junior at Boston University studying International Relations and Journalism. During her time as a Nuclear Sites intern, Cait focused on uranium mining in the Navajo Nation and the 1957 Kyshtym Accident in Ozyorsk, Russia. She hopes to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact caused by these sites and other mismanaged nuclear sites throughout her research and future career.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Awardee

Relevant Coursework:

International Nuclear Politics (IR315) in Spring 2020

Cristina Morrison

Internship:

Fall 2020

Cristina Rivera Morrison (’22) is a junior at Boston University’s Kilachand Honors College studying Political Science and International Relations. She has greatly enjoyed collaborating with her team in the Nuclear Sites project to research underrepresented topics in the nuclear field. Cristina intends to continue shedding light on enduring nuclear issues and injustices by pursuing a career in foreign policy with a concentration in nuclear politics.

2020-21 CAS Social Science Research Intern at Boston University for project entitled, "Race & Radioactivity in New Mexico, Niger and Namibia"

Relevant Coursework:

International Nuclear Politics (IR315) in Spring 2020

Sydney Pickering

Internship:

Summer 2020

Sydney Pickering (’22) is a junior at Boston University, double majoring in Political Science and International Relations, with concentrations in Europe and Foreign Policy & Security. Her long-term goal of combating the systemic disenfranchisement of communities led to her research of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident and French uranium mining in Madagascar as a member of the Nuclear Sites team. Since then, she has continued her research at the intersection of feminism, gender, and security as an intern for the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights directed by Dr. Carol Cohn at UMass Boston.

Relevant Coursework:

International Nuclear Politics (IR315) in Spring 2020

Sophia Poteet

Internship:

Fall 2020

Sophia Poteet ('22) is a junior studying international relations at Boston University, concentrating in foreign policy and security studies and the Middle East and North African region. As a research intern with the Global Decolonization Initiative's Nuclear Sites Project, she researched nuclear sites in South Africa and Iraq. She hopes to continue researching nuclear issues as she pursues a career in the intersection of international law and arms control and nonproliferation issues in the Middle East and North African region. 

Relevant Coursework:

Politics of Nuclear Weapons (IR522) in Fall 2019

Ariana Thorpe

Internship:

Summer-Fall 2020

Ariana Thorpe (’22) is a junior at Boston University studying International Relations and Linguistics. After learning more about nuclear politics, she was interested in how the politics of the nuclear industry have disproportionately impacted surrounding communities of color. She began interning as a researcher for Nuclear sites during the summer of 2020 and continued into the fall, researching uranium mining in Niger and Namibia.

2020-21 CAS Social Science Research Intern at Boston University for project entitled, "Race & Radioactivity in New Mexico, Niger and Namibia"

Relevant Coursework:

International Nuclear Politics (IR315) in Spring 2020