John H. Evans, Professor

Ph.D. - Princeton, 1998

Areas of Specialization: Sociology of Culture, Knowledge, Religion, Medicine, Bioethics, Politics

Email Address: jhevans@ucsd.edu
Phone number: 858-534-0482
Office location: 493 Social Science Building

 

Curriculum Vitae

On Sabbatical in 2014/15

 


Biography:


John H. Evans earned his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale, a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and has held a visiting professorial fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Muenster. His research focuses on religion, culture, politics and science. His first book, Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (2002, University of Chicago Press), won the Distinguished Book Award from the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association. Playing God? offers an explanation for the emergence of the profession of bioethics in public bioethical debate, and an explanation for why these debates are structured as they are. His second book, titled Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion and Public Debate (2010, University of Chicago Press), examines how ordinary religious people in the U.S. talk about reproductive genetic technologies. It also is a contribution to one of Evans’ other interests – polarization in public debates – in that it examines whether or not people will want to debate this issue in the future, or whether they will consider it to be a hopelessly polarized issue like the abortion debate. His third book, titled The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (2012, Oxford University Press) takes up where his first book ended. The book uses sociological reasoning to examine the history of bioethics in more detail and, unlike the first book, he offers a solution to what he sees as the crisis in bioethics debate. In addition to these books, Evans has written over 35 articles and book chapters on topics in religion, culture, politics and science.

 

Selected Books and Publications:

Books and Edited Volumes

2012 The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

2010 Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion and Public Debate  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

2008  Cultural Sociology and Its Diversity.  Special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.  Volume 619 (September).  (Edited with Amy Binder, Mary Blair-Loy, Kwai Ng, and Michael Schudson)

2002  Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

2002   The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism.  Edited Volume (with Robert Wuthnow).  Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Articles

2011 "Epistemological and Moral Conflict Between Religion and Science." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

2008    “Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative.”  (With Michael S. Evans).  Annual Review of Sociology 34: 87-105.

2006    “Between Technocracy and Democratic Legitimation: A Proposed Compromise Position for Common Morality Public Bioethics.”  Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 31 (3): 213-234.

2006    “Cooperative Coalitions on the Religious Right and Left: Considering the Resilience of Sectarianism.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45 (2): 195-215.

2000    “A Sociological Account of the Growth of Principlism.” The Hastings Center Report 30 (5): 31-38.

1996    “Have Americans’ Social Attitudes Become More Polarized?”  American Journal of Sociology 102 (3): 690-755.  (With Paul DiMaggio and Bethany Bryson)