Scott Gabriel Knowles

Scott Gabriel Knowles is a historian of disaster worldwide. He focuses on the historical processes that make disasters possible, and the application of history to reduce future disasters. Since March 2020, Knowles has hosted #COVIDCalls, a live podcast discussion of the Covid-19 pandemic. He is publication series coeditor of "Critical Studies in Risk and Disaster" with the University of Pennsylvania Press. He is a professor in the Graduate School of Science and Technology Policy of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is author/editor of six books including Legacies of Fukushima: 3.11 in Perspective (with Kyle Cleveland and Ryuma Shineha; University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021) and The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).

His work on the history of risk and disaster has appeared in the Natural Hazards Observer, History and Technology, Journal of Policy History, American Scientist, Technology and Culture, and Engineering Studies—he has also written for The Hankyoreh, New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, Conservation Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Hill. Knowles is completing two new books: The United States of Disaster; and Slow Disaster.

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