Nao­mi Oreskes is pro­fes­sor of the his­to­ry of sci­ence and affil­i­at­ed pro­fes­sor of earth and plan­e­tary sci­ences at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty and co-author, with Erik Con­way, of Mer­chants of Doubt: How a Hand­ful of Sci­en­tists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobac­co Smoke to Glob­al Warm­ing. Her lat­est book with Erik Con­way is The Col­lapse of West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion: A View from the Future.