Sonja Schmid is an assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society (in Northern Virginia since July 2011). She teaches courses in social studies of technology, science and technology policy, qualitative studies of risk, and nuclear nonproliferation. Fluent in Russian, she investigates the history and organization of nuclear industries in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. More broadly, she studies how national energy policies, technological choices, and nonproliferation concerns shape each other.
Before coming to Virginia Tech, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies (2007/08), and a research associate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University (2005-07). She also taught in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University.
She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University, and a Mag.a phil. degree in Slavic Studies, Linguistics, and Philosophy from the University of Vienna, Austria.