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Michael Falcone


Michael Falcone is a PhD candidate studying U.S. foreign relations, science, and technology in the twentieth century. His dissertation, "The Rocket’s Red Glare: Global Power and the Rise of American State Technology, 1940-1960," explores the rapid reversal of the U.S. government from scientific laggard to technonationalist science-state in the decades surrounding WWII. Tracing the absorption of technological secrets from Britain, as well as global states' reactions to American scientific projection abroad, the project seeks to illuminate shifting global markers of power and hegemony in the twentieth century.

Michael holds a B.A. (2008) and an M.A. (2012) from the University of Florida. His master's research explored the history of radicalism, activism, and cultural conflict in Florida, culminating in his thesis, "Food for the Revolution: Local Culture and Youth Political Radicalization in the 1960s South."

Prior to graduate school, he worked in the aviation industry for eleven years. At Northwestern, his article "'For Everyman, Everywhere': Technology, Democracy, and Culture in the American Jet Age" co-won the history department's George Romani Prize in 2013. In 2016-17 he is T.H. Breen Fellow at the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies.

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