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Historian of the hinterlands

In overlooked spots on the map, MIT Professor Kate Brown examines the turbulence of the modern world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
November 12, 2019

History can help us face hard truths. The places Kate Brown studies are particularly full of them.

Brown, a historian in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, has made a career out of studying what she calls “modernist wastelands” — areas suffering after years of warfare, social conflict, and even radioactive fallout from atomic accidents.

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