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Nicholas G. Evans

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UMass Lowell

Nicholas G. Evans recently completed his PhD in Applied Philosophy and Biosecurity at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University, Canberra. Prior to this, he completed his BSc (Hons) in Physics at the University of Sydney.

His research interests include Professional and Applied Ethics, Ethical Theory, Public Health, Science Policy, and the History and Philosophy of Science. His first edited collection, "The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War," (coedited with Adam Henschke and Frtiz Allhoff), was released in July 2013. In 2013 Nick was also an investigator with the ANU National Security Centre grant "Cyberwarfare, Cyberterrorism, Cybercrime: Mapping the Ethical Terrain." In the beginning of 2014, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics in Melbourne.

Nick recently immigrated to the United States, where he lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Kelly (and their cats). In July 2014, he'll commence as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania.


  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2014–2014
    Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
  • 2008–2013
    Research Assistant, Charles Sturt University
  • 2011–2012
    Tutor, Department of Philosophy, Australian National University
  • 2011–2012
    Coordinator, Masters of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics), Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (ANU)
  • 2006–2008
    Laboratory Tutor, School of Physics, University of Sydney


  • 2013 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy (Philosophy, Applied Ethics)
  • 2007 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science (Honours, Physics)


  • 2013
    Great expectations—ethics, avian flu and the value of progress, Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2013
    Human Flourishing, Human Dignity, and Human Rights, Law and Philosophy
  • 2013
    The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War, Routledge
  • 2012
    Winning Well by Fighting Well: Probability of Success and the Relations between War’s Ends and Warfighters’ Roles, International Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • 2011
    “Emerging Military Technologies: A Case Study in Neurowarfare”, in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World
  • 2010
    “Speak No Evil: Scientists, Responsibility, and the Public Understanding of Science”, Nanoethics
  • 2010
    “Review: 'The Responsible Scientist'”, Metascience
  • 2006
    “Diverging Ion Motion in an Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Discharge”, Physics of Plasmas

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Cyberwarfare, Cyberterrorism, Cybercrime: Mapping the Ethical Terrain
    Funding Source:
    ANU National Security Centre

Research Areas

  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) (220206)
  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)
  • Open Software (080306)