Research

 NATO

NATO

Euromissiles: A Transatlantic History

Book manuscript, in preparation.

Often termed the "last battle of the Cold War," the Euromissiles Crisis threatened the very foundations of the Atlantic Alliance. Western policymakers worried about eroding support for NATO, as protestors took to the streets to oppose the Alliance's nuclear policies. My current research explores the rise and fall of the intermediate-range nuclear force arms race in Europe, considering the intersections between East-West relations, intra-Alliance deliberations, and civil society. 

Euromissiles: A Transatlantic History brings together multi-lingual materials from both sides of the Atlantic, including national archival collections, materials from the NATO Archives, press coverage, and protest materials, to understand how and why NATO survived.

 Chalk River Laboratories, 1945

Chalk River Laboratories, 1945

The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age

Edited volume, in preparation.

Canada has been a nuclear nation since prospectors first discovered pitchblende on the shores of Great Bear Lake in 1930. Canada has served as a source of uranium, as the site of wartime cooperation for the development of the first atomic weapon, and a producer of atomic elements for both civilian and military purposes. Ever since the detonation of the first atomic weapon over Hiroshima in 1945, Canadians have debated the role of nuclear power in Canada and Canada’s role in a nuclear world. Should Canada remain a member of nuclear alliances–NATO and NORAD–that were dependent on deterrence? Should Canadian nuclear technologies, like the CANDU reactor, be sold to potential nuclear proliferators across the globe? What about the costs of these nuclear technologies and atomic research at home, the impact on local communities and the environment?

Bringing together a diverse range of chapters, The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age will explore how the atomic age shaped Canadian policies, both at home and abroad. This edited volume will touch on major themes in Canada’s history since 1945, including alliance relations, defence research, and the links between domestic and foreign policy.