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Vincent Ialenti


Vincent Ialenti's ethnographic research explores how Finland’s nuclear waste disposal experts endowed deep time, succession, death, imagination, and uncertainty with form when developing what will, in the 2020s, likely become the world’s first operational high-level nuclear waste repository. He has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a Mellon Graduate Fellowship from Cornell’s Society for the Humanities, and a MacArthur Nuclear Waste Solutions Fellowship from The George Washington University. Vincent’s MSc dissertation on the U.S. Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project's construction licensing procedure was awarded the London School of Economics’ Isaac Schapera Prize. Vincent is currently based in Washington DC working with Professor Allison Macfarlane, the former Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He is an active contributor to Cornell Law School’s multilingual think-tank Meridian 180 and has designed and taught a writing seminar called “Nuclear Imagination: Technologies & Worlds” for Cornell’s John S. Knight Institute. Vincent is also a blogger and commentator who has written articles for NPR, Forbes, Nautilus Magazine, and other media outlets.

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Forthcoming. “Alter-Ecologies: Envisioning Papal & Ecomodernist Nuclear Energy Policy Futures.” In Laudato Si’: Reflections on the Legal, Political and Moral Authority of Catholic Social Thought in an Era of Climate Crisis (eds Frank Pasquale & Michael Perry). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2014. “Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain.” Science & Technology Studies (Official Journal of EASST: European Association for Studies of Science and Technology) 27(2).



nuclear energy, form, Finland


  • Anthropology