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John P. Nelson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ethics and Societal Implications of Artificial Intelligence, Georgia Institute of Technology

I'm a sociologist of science and technology committed to improving the sciences' ability to support and advance public values. At present, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology researching the societal implications of artificial intelligence in manufacturing. My research interests include the human processes involved in developing, maintaining, and using knowledge; the governance and societal implications of emerging technologies; and the role of scientific knowledge and expertise in democracy. My research has appeared in academic journals including Research Policy, Minerva, the Journal of Responsible Innovation, and Futures.


  • 2023–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2019–2023
    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Arizona State University
  • 2018–2019
    Graduate Research Assistant, Arizona State University


  • 2023 
    Arizona State University, USA, PhD, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology


  • 2023
    What determines public affairs researchers’ motivations for policy impact? Results from an exploratory study, International Review of Administrative Sciences
  • 2023
    The Last 20 Years of Empirical Research on Government Utilization of Academic Social Science Research: A State-of-the-Art Literature Review, Administration & Society
  • 2023
    Reports of practitioners’ use of public affairs faculty published research, Studies in Higher Education
  • 2023
    Seven open questions in the futures of human genome editing, Futures
  • 2022
    Amplifying the call for anticipatory governance, The American Journal of Bioethics
  • 2022
    Differential “progressibility” in human know-how: A conceptual overview, Research Policy
  • 2021
    Public Value Promises and Outcome Reporting in Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Minerva
  • 2021
    Toward anticipatory governance of human genome editing: a critical review of scholarly governance discourse, Journal of Responsible Innovation
  • 2021
    Assessing solar geoengineering research funders: Insights from two US public deliberations, The Anthropocene Review
  • 2020
    Mythic forecasts: researcher portrayals of extraterrestrial life discovery, International Journal of Astrobiology
  • 2019
    Characterizing direct-to-consumer stem cell businesses in the southwest United States, Stem Cell Reports