Gretchen Heefner

Gretchen Heefner

Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Gretchen Heefner
Gretchen Heefner is associate professor of history at Northeastern University. She teaches and researches the history of the U.S. in the world, with a focus on the Cold War, militarization and the surprisingly intimate relations between national security regimes and the everyday. She is currently writing a history of how U.S. military engineers encountered and accumulated knowledge about environments on the edge of human habitation from the late 1940s through today. Focusing on extremely arid places – the desert, the Arctic, and outer space – this project charts the uses and circulation of difficult-to-acquire information from military and diplomatic channels out into the private sector. Articles based on this research have been published in Diplomatic History, Environmental History, and Endeavour. Gretchen’s first book, The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland (Harvard University Press, 2012), traces the deployment of nuclear missiles across the American heartland beginning in the late 1950s.

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