Peter J. Kuznick

Peter J. Kuznick

Peter J. Kuznick is an associate professor of history and the director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. The author of Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists As Political Activists in 1930s America (1987); a coeditor, with James Gilbert, of Rethinking Cold War Culture (2001); and a coauthor, with Akira Kimura, of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (published in Japanese in 2010) and, with Yuki Tanaka, of Nuclear Power and Hiroshima: The Truth behind the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power (published in Japanese in 2011), he studies nuclear issues, past and present, and is writing a book about scientists and the Vietnam War. He helped found the Committee for a National Discussion of Nuclear History and Current Policy in 2003, in response to a Smithsonian Enola Gay exhibit, and the Nuclear Education Project. He is also a coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States (2012), a 10-part documentary film series and companion book on the history of the American empire and national security state, and he has also written a screenplay on the early Cold War.

Lectures

  • Averting a "Disaster Incomprehensible in its Magnitude": Scientists' Opposition to the U.S. Invasion of Vietnam
  • Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s and 1960s America
  • Just Like a Bullet: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Nuclearization of America
  • Lost Cause: Henry Wallace's Struggle to Change the Course of History, 1944-1946
  • The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb