Kenneth M. Evans

Kenneth M. Evans

Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Technology Policy
Office Phone: (713) 348-3824

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My research focuses on how science impacts public policy and how the public impacts science research and development. This includes how science is used in creating policy such as regulation for the environment, nanotechnology or biotechnology. In addition, science is seen as a public good, and I’m interested in how the public funds science research and development, how it determines priorities and how scientists communicate their results back to the broader audiences.


Kenneth M. Evans, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in 2015 in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice, Evans was an intern with the Science and Technology Policy Program for five years, beginning in 2010. During his internship, he published several articles on various science policy issues, including federal funding of scientific research and development and the role of scientists as policy advocates, through the Baker Institute and in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2012, Evans has served as an editor for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, an online peer-reviewed journal that publishes science policy articles from undergraduate and graduate students. Evans received his B.S. in physics from the University of Virginia and his M.S. and Ph.D. in applied physics from Rice University.

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