Sonja Schmid

Associate Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Program in STS - National Capital Region Campus

Northern Virginia Campus

Email: sschmid@vt.eduPhone: 703-538-8482
Office Hours: by appointmentOffice: 7054 Haycock Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043

Sonja Schmid is an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society (in Northern Virginia since July 2011). She teaches courses in social studies of technology, science and technology policy, qualitative studies of risk, energy policy, and nuclear nonproliferation. Fluent in Russian, she investigates the history and organization of nuclear industries in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and studies how national energy policies, technological choices, and nonproliferation concerns shape each other. Her book on the development of the civilian nuclear industry in the Soviet Union (MIT Press 2015) is based on extensive archival research in Russia and on interviews with nuclear experts. In her current NSF-supported project, she investigates the challenges of globalizing nuclear emergency response. As part of this grant, she is organizing a monthly speaker series on interdisciplinary research and education in nuclear emergency response (SIREN).

2007/08 Postdoctoral Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
2005-07 Research Associate, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
2005-07 Postdoctoral Lecturer, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Stanford University

2005 Ph.D., Cornell University, Science & Technology Studies
2002 M.A., Cornell University, Science & Technology Studies
1997 Mag.a phil., University of Vienna, Austria, Slavic Studies, Linguistics, and Philosophy

Areas of Specialization: social studies of technology, science and technology in the Cold War, science and technology policy, science and democracy, qualitative studies of risk, energy policy, nuclear emergency response

Areas of Competence: energy policy, nuclear nonproliferation, technology transfer, public engagement with science and technology, risk communication