Seth Shulman

Editorial Director

Seth Shulman is editorial director at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to joining UCS in 2012, he had a long and varied career as a science journalist, columnist, and author, writing six books and hundreds of articles for magazines including The Atlantic, Discover, Nature, Parade, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Technology Review, and Time.

Shulman was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2011 in the science writing category. He served as a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College in the 2009-2010 academic year, specializing in renewable energy issues. In 2004-2005, he was the first-ever Science Writing Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT.

In addition to his books and journalistic writing, Shulman has consulted for many US companies and foundations on technology and communications issues. He has written several policy reports and contributed to a variety of science and environmental textbooks, encyclopedias, and science museum exhibits, including the standing telecommunications exhibit at the Chicago-based Museum of Science and Industry. Shulman has received support for his work to date from numerous sources including the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Fund for Constitutional Government, the Fund for Investigative Reporting, and the New America Foundation. He has also won several awards for his writing, including selection as a finalist for a 2001 National Magazine Award in the public interest category.

Selected publications

Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living. (Co-author with a team of UCS colleagues) 2015. Washington, DC: Island Press.

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret. 2008. New York: W.W. Norton.

Undermining Science: Suppression and Distortion in the Bush Administration. 2006. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Unlocking the sky: Glenn Hammond Curtiss and the race to invent the airplane. New York: Harper Perennial.

Owning the future. 1999. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

The threat at home: confronting the toxic legacy of the U.S. military. 1992. Boston: Beacon Press.