Martin
Pfeiffer

Scholar, National Security Studies Program, University of New Mexico

Martin is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on the ways in which we create and circulate meaning about, around, and through nuclear weapons. His research interests include how people interact with one another and artifacts to make meaning about nuclear weapons in official heritage sites (like museums); the articulations and imbrications of nuclear weapons with State projects of nationalism, colonialism, and international power; and the ways in which communities of experts perform expertise and construct knowledge through interacting with one another and the public in both virtual (Twitter) and meatspace places. A native of Louisiana, Martin holds a BA in political science and an MA in anthropology from Louisiana State University.

I am most excited in working on projects that… aim to fundamentally alter the ways in which we think about peace, security, and risk.

I am looking for partners that can help me… identify, develop, and enact effective ways to productively engage with the broad public on nuclear weapon and peace issues.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when I was learning the history of anti-nuclear weapons movements and their impacts on state policies and behaviors.

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include the growth of the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons, as well as developing and applying anthropological concepts and practices to nuclear weapon and peace issues.

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