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Joshua McGuffie

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History of Science: Atomic/Nuclear History

Joshua McGuffie is pursuing a PhD in the history of science with a focus on nuclear history. A native Angelino, Josh is thrilled to study at UCLA, though he has taken a winding route to get here. In 2015, he graudated from Oregon State University with an MA in the history of science. His research focused on the environmental history of the Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state. Before coming back to graduate study, Josh, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, served parishes in Los Angeles and western New York. His other academic interests include environmental justice, science and religion, and Cold War scientific imagery. Visit some of his work at his website: naturesciencehistory.

Fields of Study

History of Science, Environmental History, History of the Western United States

Conference Presentations

“Hanford Reach: Ironic Preservation or the Same Old Mission?” Columbia History of Science Group, Friday Harbor, WA, March 2014

“No Significant Risk: Creating the Norms for Public Irradiation at Hanford." UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society “Faking It: Counterfeits, Copies, and Uncertain Truths in Science, Technology and Medicine," April 2015


BA - UCLA, Geography

MDiv. - Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

MA - Oregon State University, History of Science