Wellerstein grew up in Stockton, California. He received a BA in History from University of California, Berkeley in 2002, and a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University in 2010. He was once a graduate fellow for the United States Department of Energy, a lecturer at Harvard University, a postdoc at the Harvard Kennedy School, and an Associate Historian at the American Institute of Physics. Since 2014 he has been a professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
- "Patenting the bomb: Nuclear weapons, intellectual property, and technological control," Isis 99, no. 1 (March 2008): 57-87.
- "Inside the Atomic Patent Office," Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 64, no. 2 (May/June 2008): 26-31, 60-61.
- "From Classified to Commonplace: The Trajectory of the Hydrogen Bomb 'Secret'," Endeavour 32, no. 2 (June 2008): 47-52. doi:10.1016/j.endeavour.2008.03.002
- "Die geheimen Patente – eine andere Sicht auf die Atombombe," in Atombilder: Ikongraphien des Atoms in Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit des 20. Jahrhundertsts, ed. Jochen Hennig and Charlotte Bigg (Berlin: Wallstein Verlag, 2009): 159-167.
- "States of Eugenics: Institutions and the Practices of Compulsory Sterilization in California," in Sheila Jasanoff, ed., Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2011): 29-58.
- "A Tale of Openness and Secrecy: The Philadelphia Story," Physics Today 65, no. 5 (May 2012), 47-53. doi:10.1063/PT.3.1560
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- "Contributor: Alex Wellerstein". New Yorker. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
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