Joshua McGuffie

I am a doctoral candidate in the History Department at UCLA. I received my MA from the School of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oregon State University in the history of science. My research focuses on 20th century atomic history and environmental history. For my MA, I worked especially on biology, health physics, and ecology at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington State. My other research interests are history of science in the 20th century, nature and the American West, and the history of science and religion. I am also the assistant to the Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Sierra Madre, CA.

Here is a brief CV:


  • 2015 begin PhD in History, UCLA – Soraya de Chadarevian, Advisor

  • 2015 MA History of Science, OSU – Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Advisor

  • 2006 MDiv., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

  • 2002 BA Geography, Magna Cum Laude, UCLA


Imaging Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Knowing the Bomb by Knowing the Bodies of its Victims” – Columbia History of Science Group, Friday Harbor, Washington, March 2018

New for ‘51: Radiation Monitoring and Novel Atomic Geographies” – American Historical Society – Pacific Coast Branch, Northridge, California, August 2017

Hidden Atomic Loci: Cooperation in Radioecology at the UCLA Atomic Energy Project and the University of Washington Applied Fisheries Laboratory in the 1940s and 1950s” – International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2017

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

A Landscape up for Grabs: How Hanford’s Environmental Scientists Recreated Nature at the United States’ most Polluted Place” – OSU Library Resident Scholar Presentation, Corvallis, Oregon, October 2014

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

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