Evans

John H. Evans

Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean of Social Sciences, University of California, San Diego
Chapter Member: San Diego SSN, California SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Media & Public Opinion
  • Religion & Values
  • Science & Technology
  • Health Care

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About John

Evans’ research focuses upon public debates over contentious scientific, medical and moral issues in American politics. He has written extensively about the ability of bioethics commissions to offer policy advice on these issues, the public’s views of technologies like reproductive genetic technologies, and the polarization of views of moral issues. His current projects focus upon the relationship between religion and science in the contemporary United States. He regularly contributes OpEds, and talks to journalists writing stories in these areas.

Contributions

Are Religious Americans Opposed to Science?

In the News

"The Road to Enhancement, via Human Gene Editing, is Paved with Good Intentions," John H. Evans, The Conversation, November 27, 2018.
Guest to discuss Christian support for "right-to-die" policy on Valley Public Radio, John H. Evans, March 25, 2015.
Guest to discuss Christian support for "right-to-die" policy on Capital Public Radio, John H. Evans, March 23, 2015.
John H. Evans quoted on reasons the educated religious may be skeptical of science in Tia Ghose, "Evolution Deniers Believe in 'Smorgasbord' of Science" Live Science, January 29, 2015.
"Science and Religion: A False Divide," John H. Evans, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2011.
John H. Evans's research on synthetic cells and their possible impact – or lack thereof – discussed in Gary Robbins, "First Synthetic Cell Created by Scientists," San Diego Union Tribune, May 21, 2010.
"Evolving toward a Compromise," John H. Evans (with Amy Binder), Washington Post, July 26, 2008.

Publications

"Growing Social and Moral Conflict between Conservative Protestantism and Science" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (forthcoming).
Shows that over the past 25 years conservative Protestants have become increasingly opposed to the social and moral influence of scientists in public debates, but not necessarily to the fact-claims of scientists.
The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Explains where the field of “bioethics” came from, the origins of the split between conservative and liberal bioethicists in American politics, and how to heal this split.
"Epistemological and Moral Conflict between Religion and Science" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50, no. 4 (2011): 707-727.
Shows that the religiously devout, including conservative Protestants, are only opposed to a few scientific claims, but are more broadly opposed to the social and moral influence of scientists in American politics.
Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Describes why religious people are disproportionately opposed to reproductive genetic technologies and shows that there is much more agreement between liberals and conservatives than is commonly assumed.
"Cooperative Coalitions on the Religious Right and Left: Considering the Resilience of Sectarianism" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45, no. 2 (2006): 195-215.
Shows that conservative religious people are more wary of the public influence of each other than are liberal religious people, suggesting limits to a broad “religious right.”
"Have Americans’ Social Attitudes become More Polarized?" (with Paul DiMaggio and Bethany Bryson). American Journal of Sociology 102, no. 3 (1996): 690-755.
Shows that there was essentially no increase in polarization in public opinion toward social/moral issues from the early 1970s up to 1995.