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Sarah Robey

Assistant Professor - Twentieth-Century U.S. History; Cultural History; History of Energy

Office: Idaho Falls Campus, Tingey Administration Building 274



Ph.D. Temple University

Research Interests

History of nuclear science and technology; history of energy; history of the Cold War; citizenship; 20th-century American cultural history; civil defense, disasters, and emergency management.

Recent Articles

"Nuclear Power," The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Rutgers University, Camden, 2017.

"Research Report for The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963," Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2017.

"Civil Defense," The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Rutgers University, Camden, 2016.

"Germany, American Studies, and the Cold War," Strategic Visions Magazine 14 (Spring 2015): 2.

"On Furlough in Washington," Strategic Visions Magazine 13 (Fall 2013): 3.

Blog Posts

"Living (Again) in an Age of Nuclear Fear: New Avenues for Studying Cold War Civil Defense," (co- authored with Silvia Berger Ziauddin and Peter Bennesved), Berlin Center for Cold War Studies Blog, April 16, 2018, avenues-studying-cold-war-civil-defense.

"'The Man Who Was Right Too Soon': Nuclear Test Ban film," The Reel Mudd: Films and Other Audiovisual Materials from the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library Blog, Princeton University, 2015,

Major Grants

Podcast Grant, The Reinventing Civil Defense Project, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018.

Swiss National Science Foundation Exploratory Grant, 2017.

Current Projects

Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963, in preparation.

“‘Limitless Power at Man’s Command’: Sponsored Films, Science Education, and Visions of the Nuclear Future in the 1950s,” in Robert Lifset, Raechel Lutz, and Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, eds., Energy Cinema (expected Spring/Summer 2020 with University of West Virginia Press).

Duck and Cover: The Civil Defense History Podcast, scheduled release in November 2019.

Courses Taught                           

HIST 1112 U.S. History since 1865
HIST 1118 U.S. History and Culture
HIST 3309 Modern United States
HIST 4405/5505 History of Energy in the Modern U.S.
HIST 4420/5520 Cold War Culture in the U.S.
HIST 4420/5520 Atoms to Atom Bombs
HIST 4491 Seminar
HIST 6605 Introduction to Graduate Studies in History