Maxime Polleri

Maxime Polleri is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at York University, and a MacArthur Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research focuses on the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the crisis of expertise that ensued—in which many citizens have become wary of state institutional experts and their capacity to manage problems engendered by residual radioactivity. This essay is based on his ethnographic fieldwork in Japan, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.