Vincent Ialenti

Research Associate

PhD, Cornell University, 2018, Sociocultural Anthropology
MSc, London School of Economics, 2009, Law, Anthropology, and Society
BA, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2008, Philosophy, Politics, and Law

Vincent Ialenti is a Social Scientist on the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy's Consent-based Siting Team. Prior to his federal service, he was MacArthur Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He has held fellowships at University of Southern California, University of British Columbia, and Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities.

Dr. Ialenti's research focuses on planetary environmental security, nuclear waste expert culture, organizational planning temporalities, and military-industrial accident causation. His book Deep Time Reckoning (MIT Press, 2020) explores how Finland’s spent nuclear fuel repository safety case experts grappled with potential far future worlds and the limits of human knowledge. Vincent has also conducted a multi-year ethnographic study examining the political-economic drivers behind U.S. transuranic nuclear weapons waste drum breach accidents. Ialenti's research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and The Berggruen Institute.  

Dr. Ialenti has published with American EthnologistSocial Studies of SciencePhysics TodayNuclear TechnologyScience & Technology StudiesJournal of the Royal Anthropological InstituteNature Geosciences, and Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists as well as public outlets such as Scientific American, BBC, NPR, and Forbes.