Vincent Ialenti is an anthropologist who studies the cultures of nuclear waste experts in Finland and the United States. His new book Deep Time Reckoning (MIT Press, 2020) explores how Finland’s nuclear waste repository “safety case” experts grappled with distant future ecosystems and the limits of imagination. His current ethnographic project explores the political-economic drivers behind U.S. transuranic waste “drum breach” accidents. Vincent’s research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and The MacArthur Foundation. Alongside his academic publications, he has written for NPR, Forbes, Nautilus, Atlas Obscura, and other outlets. Vincent holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University and a MSc in Law, Anthropology & Society from the London School of Economics.
2020. “Drum Breach: Error Politics, Operational Temporalities, and WIPP’s Kitty Litter Nuclear Waste Accident.” Forthcoming in Social Studies of Science.
2020. Deep Time Reckoning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
2020. “Specters of Seppo: The Afterlives of Finland’s Nuclear Waste Experts.” The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 26(2).
2019. “Alter-Ecologies: Envisioning Papal & Ecomodernist Nuclear Energy Policy Futures.” Care for the World: Laudato Si & Catholic Social Thought in an Era of Climate Crisis (ed. Frank Pasquale). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2018. “Waste Makes Haste: How a Campaign to Speed up Nuclear Waste Shipments Shut Down the WIPP Long-Term Repository.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 74(4).
2017. “Death & Succession Among Finland’s Nuclear Waste Experts.” Physics Today 70(10).
2014. “Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain.” Science & Technology Studies 27(2).