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Name: Mark Eastwood

PhD: American Studies

Thesis Title: Regulation and Resistance: Selling the Atom in Post-War America

Thesis Description:

My thesis seeks to evaluate contemporary discourse on nuclear technologies in the United States. A number of scholars have identified the implementation of a discourse inherently loaded in favour of the development and dissemination of nuclear technologies during the early years of the Cold War. However, there is a dearth of scholarship considering nuclear discourse in the post-Cold War era. My thesis will examine contemporary nuclear discourse in America, particularly surrounding the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, to ask if that discourse remains intrinsically pro-nuclear.

My research will consider the development of nuclear discourse from the later stages of the Cold War, focusing particularly on Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, to evaluate consistencies and developments in the post-Cold War era. This interdisciplinary political and cultural history will consider the discursive framework in which American citizens can engage with nuclear debates to ask if alternative voices can locate a productive space within contemporary nuclear discourse.


Supervisors and Institution(s):

Bevan Sewell, Assistant Professor in American History, The University of Nottingham

Paul McGarr, Assistant Professor in American and Canadian Studies, The University of Nottingham


Other Research Interests:

  • Nuclear History
  • The Nuclear Aesthetic
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American History
  • American Politics
  • Cultures of Secrecy
  • Communicative Capitalism and Technoculture

Conference Papers:

  • 'It Couldn't Happen Here: American Nuclear Exceptionalism in the post-Fukushima Era' The Irish and British Association for American Studies Annual Conference, April 2016
  • 'JFK, the press and the resumption of atmospheric nuclear testing 1961/2' Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTUS) Postgraduate Conference. September 2016

  • Host and facilitator, Eccles Centre Summer Scholars public talk, 'America, Britain, and the 'Islamic Bomb’ by Dr Malcolm Craig, Liverpool John Moores University. August 2016

  • Organiser: 'Cold War Geographies' Academic Symposium. The British Library. January, 2017
  • Organiser: 'Bradley Garrett: Cultural Geographies of Dread' Public Lecture. The British Library, January 2017

Prizes and Awards:

  • AHRC International Placement Scheme, The Library of Congress. February - May, 2017

  • PhD Placement, American Foreign Policy, The Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library. July - October, 2016
  • 2016 Postgraduate Travel Prize Winner, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)
  • Honourable Mention, British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize 2016


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