Paul R. Josephson

Sabbatical: 09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (FULL YEAR SABBATICAL)

Professor of History

Box 5326

Phone: 207-859-5326
Fax: 207-859-5340
Mailing Address:
5326 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Josephson, Paul R.


B.A.HistoryAntioch College1975
A.M.Soviet StudiesHarvard University1978
Ph.D.Political ScienceMIT1987

Areas of Expertise

  • Russian and Soviet history
  • History of modern science and technology, especially space, nuclear and genome policies
  • Environmental history

Professional Information

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Current Research

For ongoing research and other professional activities please see


An Environmental History of Russia and the former Soviet Union (with Ruben Mnatsakian, Aleg Cherp, Nikolai Dronin, Dmitry Efremenko, Vladislav Larin, Oleg Yanitsky, and Sergei Mirnyi) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
Lenin’s Laureate: A Life in Communist Science (Cambridge: MIT Press, forthcoming).
Would Trotsky Wear a Bluetooth? Technological Utopianism Under Socialism: (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
Motorized Obsession: Life, Liberty and the Small Bore Engine (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
Resources Under Regimes (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005).
Industrialized Nature (Washington and Covelo, CA: Island Press, 2002).
Red Atom (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005). Originally published New York: W. H. Freeman and Co.,1999.
New Atlantis Revisited: The Siberian City of Science (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997). Shulman Prize of AAASS in 1998.
Totalitarian Science and Technology (Humanity Books, 2005), revised edition. Originally published Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996.
Physics and Politics in Revolutionary Russia (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991).

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