John H. Evans

The Ethics of Science and Technology


2024 Disembodied Brains: Understanding our Intuitions on Neuro-Chimeras and Human-Brain Organoids. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

2016    What is a Human?  What the Answers Mean for Human Rights.  New York, NY: Oxford University Press

2010    Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate.  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

Journal Articles

forth “Scientism, Trust, Value Alignment, Views of Nature and U.S. Public Opinion About Gene Drive Mosquitos.” (With Cynthia E. Schairer) Public Understanding of Science

2023 “Brain Organoids, Consciousness, Ethics and Moral Status.” Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology 144: 97-102 (With Jacob Jeziorski, Reuven Brandt, Wendy Campana, Michael Kalichman, Evan Thompson, Lawrence Goldstein, Christof Koch and Alysson Muotri)

2023 “Patient Narratives of Hope in Stem Cell Technologies: Trust in Biomedicine and the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself.” Health 27(4): 476-490 (With Lauren Olsen and Lindsay DePalma)

2020  “The Theological Debate Over Human Enhancement: an Empirical Case Study of a Mediating Organization.”  Zygon 55(3): 615-637.

2020  “Self-Interested and Altruistic Motivations in Volunteering for Clinical Trials: A More Complex Relationship.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 15(5): 443-451.(With Lauren Olsen and Lindsay DePalma)

2019  “Science, Values and Science Communication: Competencies for Pushing Beyond the Deficit Model.” (With Catherina Gere, Sherry Seethaler and Ramya Rajagopalan)  Science Communication 41 (3): 378-388.

2018  “Biomedical Ethics and Clinical Oversight in Multisite Observational Neuroimaging Studies with Children and Adolescents: The ABCD Experience.” (With Duncan B. Clark, Celia B. Fischer, Susan Bookheimer, Sandra A. Brown, Christian Hopfer, James Hudziak, Ivan Montoya, Margaret Murray, Adolf Pfefferbaum and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd.)  Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 32: 143-154

2003  “Commodifying Life?  A Pilot Study of Opinions Regarding Financial Incentives for Organ Donation.”  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 28 (6): 1003-1032.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2020  “Biotechnology and the Non-religious Uses of God Talk.”  Pp. 123-137 in Religion and Biopolitics.  Edited by Ulrich Willems and Mirjam Weiberg-Salzmann.  Springer International.

2016  “Future Vision in Transhumanist Writings and the Religious Public.”  Pp. 291-306 In Perfecting Human Futures: Transhuman Futures and Technological Imaginations.  Edited by J. Benjamin Hurlbut and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson.  Dordrecht: Springer-Verlag.

2016  “Bioethics and Medicalization.” Pp. 241-262 in To Fix or To Heal: Conflicting Directions in Contemporary Medicine and Public Health.  Edited by Joseph E. Davis and Ana Marta Gonzalez.  New York, NY: New York University Press.

2013  “‘Teaching Humanness’ Claims In Synthetic Biology and Public Policy Bioethics.”  Pp. 177-204 in Synthetic Biology and Morality: Artificial Life and the Bounds of Nature.  Edited by Gregory E. Kaebnick and Thomas H. Murray.  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.