Benjamin Wilson is writing a dissertation on the history of U.S. nuclear arms control efforts from the 1950s through the 1980s. The dissertation examines the evolving relationships between nuclear experts, the state, and the wider nuclear disarmament movement during the late Cold War era in a variety of settings—from university-based research to defense consulting, Congressional advising, and within non-state arms control organizations. Benjamin´s previous work has focused on the history of science and Cold War defense, including the surprisingly tangled connections between ballistic missile defense and basic research in general relativity and solid-state physics. He holds master´s degrees in physics from Yale University and the University of Toronto, and a bachelor´s degree in engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
arms control; nuclear weapons; history of science; history of modern physics; U.S. history