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Schmid Sonja D.

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Assistant Professor
Department of Science and Technology in Society
Virginia Tech (Northern Virginia Center)
Falls Church, Virginia
sschmid(at)vt.edu
+1 703 538-8482


Sonja D. Schmid is an assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech (VT). Her research focuses on energy policy (especially nuclear power), nuclear security, technology transfer, risk communication, and public engagement in science and technology. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, and her book manuscript, tentatively titled: "Producing Power: the Pre-Chernobyl Origins of the Soviet Nuclear Industry," is under contract with MIT Press. This book is based on extensive archival research and narrative interviews with Russian nuclear experts.

In July 2011, she transferred to Northern Virginia from the main campus in Blacksburg and is now offering courses on science and technology policy, social studies of technology, risk, and energy policy. She is collaborating with Virginia Tech's budding nuclear engineering program, and is actively engaged in inter-university research cooperation with the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany).

Prior to coming to VT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Before that, she spent two years at Stanford University, where she was a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a lecturer in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. She received her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University in 2005.


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