Sharon Weinberger is a national security writer who focuses on science and technology issues and the national security editor at The Intercept, where she coordinates the magazine’s defense and intelligence coverage. She recently completed a history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Knopf, forthcoming).
During the fellowship, Weinberger is pursuing a wide-ranging study into the effects of the war on terror on the direction of the biological sciences in the United States over the past decade. The project examines a period of contemporary history beginning in 2001 and continuing over the next 13 years, analyzing the relationships between scientists and national security institutions. This research project will shed new light on how war shapes scientific investigations, leading to a better understanding of the benefits—and harm—that science in the age of terror may bring.
Weinberger earned an MA in Russian and East European studies from Yale University and a BA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. She has been a fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Carnegie Fellow at the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative at Northwestern University, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (Nations Books, 2006) and the coauthor of A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (Bloomsbury, 2008).