Abbreviated C.V.

Academic Employment

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University, Fall 2016-present.

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Buffalo State, Fall 2013 – 2016.

  •  Visiting Professor, University of Caen-Normandy, Espaces et Sociétés (Space and Society Center), Spring 2013/Fall 2016.


  • This Atom Bomb in Me, Redwood Press/Stanford University Press, 2019.

  • Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia, The University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

  • The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures from Poe to Punk. A collection of essays. Edited with Shawn Bingham, The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

  •  Silence, Screen, & Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information. Editors Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass and Rachel Daniel. Berghahn Books, 2014. Paperback edition, 2016.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “For the cosmos to bore us.” Special issue on Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project. New Writing, 2019, online first.

  • “Catastrophic Snow Globes as Oneiric and Mnemonic Gadgets.” Space and Culture. 19(2) May 2016, 116-126.

  • “Atomic Childhood around 1980.” Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 75 – 84.

  • “Memory | Materiality | Sensuality” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Rachel Daniel. Memory Studies 9.1 (Jan 2016): 3 – 12.

  • “Screen Memory,” Lindsey A. Freeman, Benjamin Nienass, & Laliv Melamed, in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. (March 2013)

  • Special issue on “Screen Memory” in the International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society. Papers selected, edited, and introduction written for the special issue along with Benjamin Nienass & Laliv Melamed (March 2013).

  • “Introduction: Is an Interdisciplinary Field of Memory Studies Possible?” with Adam Brown, Yifat Gutman, Amy Sodaro, & Alin Coman in International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society (2009): 117-124.

Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • "Overwintering: On the Work of Robyn O'Neil" in The Feelings of Structure. Eds. Karen Engle & Yoke-Sum Wong. McGill-Queens University Press, 2019.

  • “James Agee and the Southern Superreal” in The Bohemian South, The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

  • “The Manhattan Project Time Machine: Atomic Tourism in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Death Tourism: Disaster Sites as Recreational Landscape. Ed. Brigitte Sion. Seagull Books, 2014.

  • “A Plutonium Tourism Ode: The Rocky Flats Cold War Museum” in Moral Encounters ofTourism. Eds. Mary Mostafanezhad & Kevin Hannam. Ashgate, 2014.

  • “Museums of Experience: The Artist as Curator of Memory & Loss” in Art Reflects Life: The Artist as Observer and Social Critic. Ed. Shawn Bingham. Lexington Books, 2012.

  • “Happy Memories under the Mushroom Cloud: Utopia and Memory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee” in Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics, and Society. Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2010.

Review Articles

  • “On Inexactitude in Science.” Review of Timothy Barney’s Mapping the Cold War, University of North Carolina Press, 2015. Public Seminar 12 December 2015.

  • Review of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin. Metropolitan Press, 2009 for e-misférica.

  • Review of Highway of the Atom by Peter C. van Wyck, McGill-Queen’s University Press for the Canadian Journal of Communication, 37.2 (2012).

Interviews, Art Projects, Popular Press, Etc.

  • Invited contributor to The Arca Project, texts + images inspired by W.G. Sebald organized by artist Michael Hall and sociologist Graeme Gilloch, Payne Shurvell Gallery, Suffolk, UK, April 2017.

  • Invited contributor to "Ethnography in the Expanded Field," Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought (GIDEST), The School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, May 2016.

  • Excerpt of Longing for the Bomb in America in World War II magazine, August 2015.

  • “When the Atomic Went Mainstream,” excerpt of Longing for the Bomb in American Scientist magazine, July/August issue.

  • Guest on “Hiroshima: Two Narratives,” BBC World News program “World Have Your Say,” August 6, 2015.

  • Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge’s Quest to Understand its Past,” NPR, All Things Considered, June 17, 2015.

  • "James Agee and the Superreal," Disturbing the Surface: A Discussion of the Concepts Informing Transformational Imagemaking” panelist, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY, November 15, 2014.

  • "the ghostly city: encounters with material memory" with Rachel Daniell & Benjamin Nienass in I Scarcely Have the Right to Use This Ghostly Verb. Maricruz Alarcón, Pieter Paul Pothoven, and Ilyn Wong. Parsons, The New School of Design, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13 Street at 5th Avenue, New York, NY. April 3 – April 16th, 2014.

  • “Atomic Memories,” Interview & Text + Artifact Exhibit, The Eternal Blast: Monument to the Manhattan Project in the Empire State, organized by Ludovico Centis, 2013-2014 Banham Fellow, University at Buffalo Department of Architecture. Eleven Twenty Projects, 1120 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, May 2 – May 18, 2014.


  • PhD (Sociology & Historical Studies), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2013.

  • MA (Sociology), The New School for Social Research, New York, NY, 2006

  • BA (Sociology & Government), Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, 2000