About / CV

My research analyzes the way that states determine what counts as research and technology of security concern, and how that process of shaping things of security concern also shapes the governance system around them.  It draws on and contributes to the literature on classification, boundary work, international political/technological institutions, and the co-production of social and technological systems. Topically, I am currently focused on the governance of security concerns within synthetic biology, and have an ongoing interest in the governance systems for conventional and cyber “dual-use” technology.

I am currently the Associate Director for Research at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society at the University of California, Berkeley.  From 2009-2011, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard, which was a joint appointment with the Program on Science, Technology, & Society (STS), located within the Kennedy School of Government and the School of Engineering & Applied Science.  I completed my doctoral research in 2009 within the Institute for Science, Innovation, & Society (formerly the James Martin Institute for Science & Civilization) at the University of Oxford.  This research, supervised by Professor Steve Rayner, was on the Wassenaar Arrangement, an international informal group that works to prevent destabilising accumulations of conventional arms and dual-use technologies in regions of concern.

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Research Interests

Topical Areas:

  • Security controls on international trade, especially the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
  • The constructions of security concerns within Synthetic Biology

Theoretical Areas:

  • Science & Technology Studies, especially:
    • The coproduction of social and knowledge systems
    • Ambiguity, uncomfortable knowledge, and the social construction of ignorance
    • Classification systems, particularly how we catergorize items as malicious or not (e.g. “dual-use” research and technology)
  • International security
  • Cultural Theory (building on the work of Mary Douglas)

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Publications & Presentations

  • (with Sheila Jasanoff, Jane Calvert, Jason Delborne, Robert Doubleday, Emma Frow, Silvio Funtowicz, Brian Green, Dave H. Guston, Ben Hurlbut, Alan Irwin, Pierre-Benoit Joly, Jennifer Kuzma, Megan Palmer, Margaret Race, Jack Stilgoe, Andy Stirling, James Wilsdon, David Winickoff, Brian Wynne, and Laurie Zoloth) “Synthetic Biology: Missing the Point.” in Nature. 12 June 2014.
  • Is This a Threat? A study in (un)making science and technology as matters of security concern (book manuscript in progress)
  • Revising Export Control List. A report of the Flemish Peace Institute. March 2014.
  • Dual Use Research of Concern – Comments on the US Government’s Proposed Policy.”
  • (with Walter Valdiva) “Export controls and the tension between academic freedom and national security,” in Minerva. May 2012.
  • “States, borders, and security: exports controls in physical space and cyberspace,” invited paper presented to Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Program in Science,Technology, and Society, 10 January 2011.  Also given at the Naval Postgrad School, 11 January 2011.  Slides.
  • “Imaginaries of State Security”, paper given at the Science Democracy Network annual meeting, in conjunction with the British Royal Society’s 350th celebrations, Kavli House, UK, 28-30 2010.
  • “The Bounds of Applicability of Export Controls”, paper given at The Rightful Place of Science? conference at CSPO, Arizona State University, 16-19 May 2010.
  • “Finding Common Ambiguity: what is left out of dual-use technology definitions”, paper given at the Uncertainty: Ambiguity and Doubt in Knowledge Production conference at Stanford University, 23-24 April 2010.
  • “Technological Ambiguity in Export Controls: A tool for legitimacy?”, invited presentation to the Cornell University Peace Studies Program, jointly sponsored by the Cornell Department of Science & Technology Studies, 11 March 2010.  (PDF of slides; Streaming quicktime movie of the slides)
  • Technological Ambiguity & the Wassenaar Arrangement” DPhil thesis, University of Oxford, submitted Trinity Term 2009.
  • How do we prevent the malicious use of technology? Can we?” Presentation the the New College Graduate Colloquium, University of Oxford, 22 October 2008.
  • “Is it possible to define technologies to be controlled?” Talk given to the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, California on 26 August 2008.
  • Governing trade in dual-use items: the problem of definition”  Paper prepared for The 2008 Oxford/Sciences-Po Doctoral Seminar on Regional and Global Institutions in the 21st Century, 1 May 2008.
  • “‘You want to control technology? Fine, give me a list.’ ‘It’s not that easy, sir.’”, Talk given to the James Martin 21st Century School Advanced Research Seminar Series, University of Oxford, 16 November 2007.
  • “International Relations, Cultural Theory, and STS: Can these children learn to play together?”, Presentation given to the James Martin Institute Work in Progress Seminar, University of Oxford, 15 May 2007.
  • “The Wassenaar Arrangement: The unsexiest of international regimes”, Invited talk given to CPASS Speaker Series, Georgetown University, 11 April 2007.
  • “Governing the Unknown Knowns: A reply to Jerry Ravetz”, Presentation given to the James Martin Institute Work in Progress Seminar, University of Oxford, 31 October 2006.
  • “Defining Dual-Use: An international assessment of the discourses around technology”, Talk given to the ESRC New Directions in Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation Workshop, King’s College London, 27 February 2006.
  • “Pluralistic Tools for Policy Analysis”,  Talk given to the Mid-Summer YSSP Workshop, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, 20 July 2005.
  • Evans, Samuel A. (2004) The Governance of Technology at the World Trade Organization: a cultural theory framework. Dissertation for the degree of Masters of Science in Management Research, University of Oxford.
  • Bryant, R. G., S. A. Evans, E. R. Long Jr., R. L. Fox (2000) “Thermal and Mechanical Characterization of NASA High Displacement Actuators For Satellite Instrumentation.” Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 3991. 195-200.

Research Experience & Employment

Grants & Awards

Teaching

  • “Science & Society” History undergraduate course, University of California, Berkeley. Instructor of Record (2013)
  • “Introduction to Technology & Society” Undergraduate core course, Harvard University. Head Teaching Fellow (2010-2012)
  • “Science & Security” Tutorials for Stanford House (visiting students), University of Oxford. (2005-2006)
  • “Technology and Innovation Strategy” MBA Programme, University of Oxford. Teaching Assistant. (2004-2005)

Education

Other Activities

Last updated: 15 July 2014