PhD Candidate, University of WaterlooJoseph Buscemi


Master of Arts (History), York University
Honours Bachelor of Arts (History and Psychology), York University


Cold War (Major Field)
British History, United States History (Minor Fields)

Research and Teaching Interests

Post-War Britain, Civil Defence, Nuclear Policy and Contingencies, Late Cold War Popular Culture (Mostly British, but American as well).

Current Research

Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Gorman

Thesis Topic: Nuclear weapons, civil defence planning and Cold War culture in 1970s-1980s Britain.

My dissertation looks to situate itself within the larger historiography of British decolonization and economic decline by tracing post-war commitments to nuclear deterrence over survivability to the ineffectual anti-nuclear survival programs of the 1980s and their resulting cultural reverberations.



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