Kate Brown

Kate Brown is associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of Plutopia (2013).

Written by Kate Brown

Berries hang on the wall of a house in a village inside Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. Photo by Rena Effendi/National Geographic/Getty

Poverty and development
The harvests of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?

Kate Brown & Olha Martynyuk

A boarded-up bank near Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The town of White Bluff was evacuated during the Second World War, as Hanford produced plutonium for the Manhattan Project. Photo by Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis

Ecology and environmental sciences
A people’s truth

The Hanford nuclear site was meant to be safe for its neighbours. Now they are fighting the experts to tell their story

Kate Brown