Michael S. Evans

About

I am a Neukom Fellow in the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College, where I am affiliated with the Department of Film & Media Studies and the Department of Sociology. Before coming to Dartmouth I received my PhD in sociology from the University of California, San Diego through the interdisciplinary Science Studies Program. I was also an EAPSI Fellow in the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology at The University of Tokyo.

Projects

Seeking Good Debate
This multi-method, interdisciplinary research project examines public debates involving religion and science, with particular attention to what ordinary Americans want to see happen in the public sphere. Various elements of this project have received funding from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religious Research Association, Louisville Institute, UCSD Science Studies Program, and UCSD Sociology Department. Articles from this research have appeared in Sociological Forum, Science Communication, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and SAGE Open. A book based on the project is under contract with University of California Press.
Sociology of Religion and Science
I have collaborated with John H. Evans to outline and defend the study of religion and science as a sociological project (rather than a project for theology or philosophy). Together we have written articles and chapters for Annual Review of Sociology, The New Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion, and The Blackwell Companion to Sociology and Christianity. My sociological case study of religion and science in early American sociology has also been published in Public Understanding of Science.
Antiscience in America
This project examines the deployment of "antiscience" characterizations in American media as an interesting case of boundary work that occurs in ordinary public discourse about a variety of topics rather than (or in addition to) elite scientific discourse about specific scientific issues. A paper describing the project's combination of computational and qualitative methods has appeared in PLOS ONE.
Digital Credentials in Higher Education
Beginning with the Spring 2014 iteration of my Dartmouth course Science and Religion in American Media, I have collaborated with Mike Goudzwaard on the development and evaluation of digital credentials (aka digital badges) as complements to traditional grading and assessment. Our work has been covered by Inside Higher Ed, and we have given invited talks and workshops from Dartmouth College (USA) to Deakin University (Australia) on the practice of student-focused digital credential design, development, and deployment.
Knowledge, Expertise, and Cultural Change
Several miscellaneous papers share a common concern about how knowledge and expertise intersect with other kinds of cultural resources to persist (or not) during moments of change. Papers published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Environment and Planning A have examined the intersection of culture and practice in such diverse cases as scientific recording and alternative currencies. Current collaborations with Dan Rockmore and Dartmouth students address related questions around knowledge and verifiability.

Publications

My Google Scholar profile provides a complete list of publications. Unfortunately, many of those links go to paywalled versions. The following papers are available in non-paywalled versions (author manuscript in minimal XHTML unless otherwise noted):

Contact

Email: michael.evans@dartmouth.edu
Post: Hinman Box 6194, Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 03755
Office: 206 Black Family Visual Arts Center