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Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

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).


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    Professor of Sociology, University of California San Diego