Christina E. Simko

2017 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Williams College

Christina Simko will use her Hellman Fellowship to support her research project, “Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.” This project will investigate how the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II figure in American memory and the stories we tell ourselves about these events, in particular through the new three-site Manhattan Project National Historical Park (established in 2016 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Hanford, Washington). Simko’s fellowship will support her travel to key sites in all three locations.

This project is part of Simko’s larger study on how American perspectives on the atomic bombings have shifted over time. Specifically, she investigates why the location of the Twin Towers in New York City has become “Ground Zero” since the buildings’ destruction in 2001. Previously, this term was used to designate the locations where the atomic bombs were detonated, both in the original experiments of the Manhattan Project and in the bombings of the two Japanese cities.