Paul Josephson teaches history at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He is a specialist on big science and technology in the twentieth century. The author of thirteen books, he has received a number of awards and grants, including from the National Science Foundation. Josephson, a historian of technology and environmental history, is interested in the relationship between state power, various publics and environmental concerns. He has conducted field research in Russia, Ukraine, Northern Europe, Brazil and the United States. His interest in nuclear power dates to Cold War air raid drills in elementary school and to his Red Atom (1999, republished 2005).