Nuclear Sites Project 

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GloDec's Nuclear Sites Project is developing a database with in-depth case studies of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy and mining sites that are located in the world's borderlands with fraught political, social and legal histories since 1945 to the present.

 

The case studies examine the political, legal and social processes of systematic disenfranchisement of populations inhabiting those nuclear sites, and how decolonization is an ongoing process in these spaces. These case studies will be used in future research and undergraduate and graduate teaching. 

Meet GloDec's Summer 2020 Nuclear Sites Interns 

Jennifer Bryant

Jennifer is majoring in International Relations with a minor in French (class of 2021). Her functional track is International Systems & World Order with a focus on Europe. She will be interning for the Nuclear Sites Project for summer 2020. Currently, she is located in Los Altos, California. Decolonization interests her because she is passionate about human rights and believes that people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds should be treated and cared for equally. What interests her most about the Nuclear Sites Project is the focus not only on the nuclear sites themselves, but also on the political, economic and social impact they have on their surroundings, often effecting minorities. She looks forward to improving her analytical, reading, and writing skills during this internship as well as working with a team of BU students.

Cait Meyer

Cait is a rising junior studying International Relations with a focus in Europe and International Systems & World Order. She is pursuing a minor in Journalism. She is currently based on her farm in rural New Jersey along with many animals including an umbrella cockatoo. She is interning for the Nuclear Sites Project for the summer and fall of 2020. She first discovered her interest in nuclear governance while taking Professor Sarkar’s International Nuclear Politics course, where she grew increasingly concerned by the systemic disregard for human safety during the construction and operation of nuclear sites. She has also been intrigued by the process of decolonization ever since she took her first International Relations class back in high school. These two interests collided as Cait completed an assignment for Professor Sarkar’s class which explored how the Navajo Nation has historically suffered due to the numerous nuclear sites in and near their territory. She is looking forward to further researching this and other nuclear tragedies as part of the Nuclear Sites Project team. Cait hopes to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact caused by these sites through her research.

Sydney Pickering

Sydney is majoring in International Relations, Foreign Policy and Security studies with a regional focus on Europe. She is minoring in Political Science and part of the class 2022. This summer she is interning for the Nuclear Sites Project and works from her home in Los Angeles, California. Even before starting her career at Boston University, she imagined herself pursuing a career to combat the systematic disenfranchisement of communities, many of which have a rich history of imposed colonization. As she was introduced to nuclear politics, however, she was immediately drawn to the multifaceted logistics of nonproliferation, weapons testing, and energy programs. Because she is curious about causes and effects of the human variable in the nuclear industry, she was drawn to join the Nuclear Sites Project. She is excited to research case studies of the Chernobyl Accident and uranium mining in Madagascar to help develop a qualitative database that brings attention to the issues she is passionate about. 

Ariana Thorpe

Ariana is a junior studying Linguistics and International Relations with a regional track in the Middle East and North Africa and a functional track International Systems and World Order. She is interning for the Nuclear Sites Project for the summer 2020 and she currently resides in Georgia. After taking a Nuclear Politics class, she became interested in how the politics of the nuclear industry impacts formerly colonized regions and found the opportunity to further explore this issue getting involved in the Nuclear Sites Project. She looks forward to developing her research techniques and diving into how the decolonization process has continued throughout time. 

Pamela Troconis

Pamela is a rising junior majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Systems and Latin American Regional Studies. She will be part of the Nuclear Sites Project team during this summer while residing with her family in Miami, Florida. One of the reasons she decided to become part of the GloDec team is because she found the process of decolonization to be intriguing, especially its impact on national government transition. Particularly, she was drawn to the Nuclear Sites Project as it seeks to explore the very consequential (yet often ignored) relationship between the process of decolonization and nuclear politics. She is grateful to be part of this initiative as it is an opportunity to build upon her prior research and professional experiences while allowing her to become a more nuanced interpreter of a complex process that plays out in the world. 

Meet GloDec's Fall 2020 Nuclear Sites Interns

Cait Meyer

Cait is a rising junior studying International Relations with a focus in Europe and International Systems & World Order. She is pursuing a minor in Journalism. She is currently based on her farm in rural New Jersey along with many animals including an umbrella cockatoo. She is interning for the Nuclear Sites Project for the summer and fall of 2020. She first discovered her interest in nuclear governance while taking Professor Sarkar’s International Nuclear Politics course, where she grew increasingly concerned by the systemic disregard for human safety during the construction and operation of nuclear sites. She has also been intrigued by the process of decolonization ever since she took her first International Relations class back in high school. These two interests collided as Cait completed an assignment for Professor Sarkar’s class which explored how the Navajo Nation has historically suffered due to the numerous nuclear sites in and near their territory. She is looking forward to further researching this and other nuclear tragedies as part of the Nuclear Sites Project team. Cait hopes to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact caused by these sites through her research.

Cristina Morrison

Cristina Rivera Morrison is a political science and international relations dual major in BU’s Kilachand Honors College class of 2022. Currently living, working, and Zooming from Santa Fe, New Mexico, she is passionate about understanding the influences of a nation’s social and political history on its domestic and foreign security policies. As a result, Cristina has chosen to pursue an international relations concentration in foreign policy and security studies in the Middle East and Africa. She believes that the intersection of culture and government surrounding nuclear sites is a fascinating fundamental element of national identity and stability, as these sites in particular play a central role in the ongoing processes of decolonization. Having studied nuclear politics in a previous BU course, Cristina is extremely excited to be a part of the Nuclear Sites Project. She looks forward to continuing her own research while collaborating with a team of her peers to better understand and document the histories and impacts of nuclear sites on the lives of local residents and citizens throughout the world’s borderlands.

Anna Neidhart

Anna is a senior pursuing a double major in Economics and International Relations with a regional focus on Europe and a functional focus on International Economics, Business and Politics as well as a minor in Spanish. She is located in Madison, Wisconsin during the pandemic. Anna is interested in how decolonized states affect the modern political and economic climate across the world as well as the relationship between decolonization and economic development. The specific focus on borderlands with fraught political, social, and legal histories drew her to the Nuclear Sites Project, providing a very interesting lens to look at specific case studies. She is looking forward to gaining qualitative research skills and others while working in the Nuclear Sites Project for professional growth.

Sophia Poteet

Sophia is a junior studying International Relations at Boston University. Specifically, she is focusing on Foreign Policy and Security Studies with a regional concentration in the Middle East and North Africa. She is also minoring in French. She is currently located in Northern Virginia due to the current situation. She is part of the Decolonization Initiative because in each class taken on International Relations, she has seen the effects of colonialism, and she is interested in further exploring the relationship between colonialism, the nuclear industry, and current and past efforts at nuclear nonproliferation. As she is considering pursuing a career in law, she is especially interested in researching how communities affected by the nuclear industry have used, or may be able to use, international human rights law as a tool for decolonization. She is excited to gain research experience and to explore these ideas further with the Nuclear Sites Project during this coming fall.

Dominic Tang

Dominic is a Master Candidate in International Affairs with a specialization in Diplomacy and he is currently located in Boston. He is excited to join the Decolonization Initiative because his home country, China, has a long history of colonization that still echoes the current political and economic scenario in Asia. His research interests include international issues in Northeast Asia, especially those of Japan and Koreas. In the past, he worked on projects related to the nuclear crisis in North Korea and the peacemaking process in the Korean Peninsula. Prof. Sarkar's course on nuclear politics provided him more profound knowledge of nuclear-related issues, which brought him to join the Nuclear Sites Projects. He looks forward to exploring and understanding more about nuclear politics through the lens of socio-economy, ethnicity, and moral thoughts and to having a memorable cooperation with other fellow research interns this coming fall.