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Kate Brown is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the author of two award-winning books: "Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters" and “A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland." Her most recent book "Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten"will be published by the University of Chicago Press in April 2015.