Sonja D. Schmid

Schmid is an assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at Virginia Tech. Her expertise is in the history of technology, science and technology policy, and social studies of risk. Fluent in Russian, she investigates the history and organization of nuclear industries in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and studies the way national energy policies, technological choices, and nonproliferation concerns shape each other. Her manuscript on the history of Soviet nuclear power, which is under contract with MIT Press, is based on extensive archival research in Russia and on interviews with veterans of the Soviet nuclear industry.