John H. Evans earned his BA from Macalester College and his PhD 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. He focuses on culture, politics, religion, and science with a particular interest in sociologically examining questions that have largely been addressed by humanities scholars. He has published two books on the nature of the field now called bioethics: Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (2002, U of Chicago Press) and The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (2012, Oxford). He has also published a book titled Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (2010, U of Chicago Press), which examines how ordinary religious people in the U.S. talk about reproductive genetic technologies. Most recently he has published What is a Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights (2016, Oxford), which examines what the public thinks a human is, and how this impacts our views of how we are to treat each other. In addition to these books, Evans has written over 45 articles and book chapters on topics in culture, politics, religion, and science.
Professor Evans describes for undergraduates his view of sociology:
Books and Edited Volumes
2016 What is Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights. New York, NY: Oxford University Press
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
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.
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 Sociology102 (3): 690-755. (With Paul DiMaggio and Bethany Bryson)
SOCG 253: Research Practicum II