• Mary X. Mitchell

    Historian & legal scholar of nuclear weapons & energy.

    My work centers on the intersections of science and technology with law and environmental social movements in the nuclear era. Focusing on radiological risk, my research examines the production of environmental inequality in the United States and transnationally.


    I am currently an Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and a faculty fellow at Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center. In January of 2021, I will be heading to Canada to join the faculty of the University of Toronto's Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies.


    I earned my Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and was an Atkinson Fellow in Sustainability at Cornell University from 2016-2018. Before beginning my doctorate, I worked in university research and intellectual property management, earned my J.D., practiced law in Pennsylvania, and served as a law clerk to Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.




    Photo: M.X. Mitchell, 2015, Beach at Laura Village, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands