Mattias Eken


Thesis title: ‘The Enola Gay Controversy and the American Encounter with Nuclear Weapons’
Supervisor: Professor Gerard DeGroot


My research is focused on changing perceptions and attitudes to nuclear weapons, particularly in the United States, in the period between 1945 and the present. Currently I am working on a thesis that will examine these issues from the perspective of the Enola Gay controversy of 1994-5.

Prior to coming to St Andrews I completed a BA in History at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and gained an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. My research interests can broadly be defined as focusing on conflict studies, Cold War history, nuclear weapons, and terrorism.

Conference and Seminar Papers

‘Atomic Memory: The Enola Gay controversy and the American Encounter with Nuclear Weapons’, presented to the Contemporary History Workshop at the University of Cambridge, November 2015.

Forthcoming: ‘Words of Mass Deception: The Historical Origins and Development of the term Weapons of Mass Destruction’, Historical Perspectives Seminar Series at the University of Glasgow, January 2016.


Reverend F J T David Memorial Prize in History, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. July 2011.