My research focuses on the history and organization of the U.S. federal science advisory and policymaking system, with an emphasis on the role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. My work examines the impact of science advisory committees on White House decision-making — how scientific and technical advisors have shaped national research and development priorities, funding, and federal policies related to science, technology, innovation, and higher education. Additionally, I am interested in the broader societal, ethical, and economic impacts of scientific research, including international competitiveness, public understanding of science, and the governance of emerging technologies.
Kenneth M. Evans, Ph.D., is a scholar in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute. Since joining the institute in 2015, he has co-authored several major policy reports on the role of scientific advisors to the U.S. president, and has published and lectured on other science-related policy issues, including federal funding for research and development, international scientific collaboration, and nanotechnology policy. From 2012 to 2015, Evans served as an editor for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, an online student-run publication that features research articles from students and early career scientists and policy scholars.
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.