• Mary X. Mitchell

    Historian & legal scholar of nuclear weapons & energy.

    I am an assistant professor in the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology at the University of Toronto. From 2022-2024, I am a visiting scholar at Northwestern University's Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs.


    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. You can read a recent interview about my research here: https://thepacificcircle.com/2022/03/blog/.


    Before coming to the University of Toronto, I was a faculty fellow at Princeton University's Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies (spring 2020), an Assistant Professor of History at Purdue University (2017-2020), and an Atkinson Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability at Cornell University (2016-2018). I earned my Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, 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