John H. Evans

Professor; Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences; Associate Dean of Social Sciences; Co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics

Curriculum Vitae

John H. Evans earned his BA from Macalester College and his PhD from Princeton.  He has been a visiting member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and has held visiting professorial fellowships or honorary professorships at the Universities of Edinburgh, Muenster, Ben Gurion, and Queensland.  His research focuses on politics, religion, science and ethics 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), and What is a Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights (2016, Oxford).  His most recent book is Morals Not Knowledge: Recasting the Contemporary U.S. Conflict Between Religion and Science (2018, University of California Press). 

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.

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 Sociology102 (3): 690-755.  (With Paul DiMaggio and Bethany Bryson)