Michael S. Evans
I study the intersection of culture and democracy. Currently I am a Neukom Fellow at Dartmouth College. 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.
- 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. Articles from this research have appeared in Science Communication, Sociological Forum, 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 an empirical sociology of religion and science. Together we have written articles and chapters for Annual Review of Sociology, The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, and The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. My empirical study of religion and science in early American sociology has appeared in Public Understanding of Science.
- Antiscience in America
- This research project examines the deployment of "antiscience" characterizations in American media, with a particular interest in understanding how some issues, and not others, escalate into public conflict. A paper describing the project's combination of computational and qualitative methods has appeared in PLOS ONE.
- Digital Credentials in Higher Education
- I collaborate with Mike Goudzwaard on the development and evaluation of digital credentials (aka digital badges). Our work on course-level badging has been covered in 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. We are also working on Open Badge Exchange as a solution to the value problem in digital badging.
- Knowledge, Expertise, and Cultural Change
- Several miscellaneous papers examine how knowledge and expertise intersect with other kinds of cultural resources. Papers published in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Environment and Planning A have examined the intersection of narrative and practice in such diverse cases as scientific record keeping and alternative currencies. Current collaborations address related questions around knowledge and verifiability in new media.
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):
* Open Access publication supported by the Dartmouth Open-Access Publication Equity Fund
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