For speaking, interview, or writing assignments, please e-mail me at audrajwolfe at gmail dot com. My current book project on science diplomacy is represented by Mullane Literary Associates.


Interview on WHYY’s Radio Times, on the topic of “Science Diplomacy” (August 19, 2015).

Talking nylon with WHYY’s The Pulse (June 23, 2016)

Appearance on WNYC’s Mad Men Pre-Game Show podcast, Episode 1: “Welcome Back to the 60s” (I come in around 8:00)

Interview on Competing with the Soviets (25 MB download or click for link) with New Books in Science, Technology, and Society (February 4, 2013)


Several appearances on Episode 4, “In the Vastness of Space,” of the Discovery Channel’s Age of Aerospace series

Samples of Popular and Policy Writing:

“The Return of Scientific Diplomacy.” (The, September 26, 2015)

“Physics from the Farm.” (Belt, June 23, 2015)

“Why Cosmos Can’t Save Public Support for Science.” (The, March 11, 2014)

“Monkeys and Moon Rovers and Mars…Oh My?” (The Guardian’s Political Science blog, December 20, 2013)

“Science Diplomacy Works, but Only When It’s Genuine.” (The Guardian’s Political Science blog, August 23, 2013)

“1955 Map Shows No-Go Zones for Soviet Travelers.” (’s Vault blog, May 15, 2013)

“When Agriculture Was a State Secret.” (Modern Farmer [blog], April 28, 2013)

From 2006–2009, I was the Editor-in-Chief for Chemical Heritage, a glossy quarterly (at the time) publication with a circulation of 25,000. As editor, I regularly contributed small pieces and features. Some of my favorites:

“From the Vault: Selections from the Fischer Collection.” (Fall 2007) [A photoessay on Pasteur]

“Bakelite’s Birthday.” (Summer 2007)

“Wiggly Wonders.” (Fall 2008) [on Jell-O!]

“Nylon: A Revolution in Textiles.” (Fall 2008) [feature]

Audio Production

During my time at CHF, I created an award-winning podcast, Distillations, on the past, present, and future of chemistry. As executive producer from December 2007 to April 2009, I researched, wrote, and edited pieces for shows 1–67, all of which are available at the Distillations website.


I have a soft spot for book reviews and am a member of the National Book Critics’ Circle. I’ve reviewed books for Science, C&ENBoston ReviewEndeavorChemical Heritage and more scholarly journals than I can count. Links and PDFs to some of my favorite are here. If you’ve got a title that needs reviewing on the history of American science, science and politics, the Cold War, or the history of chemistry, drop me a line!