|Asst Prof Hallam Stevens|
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
- PhD Harvard University 2010
- MPhil (Hist & Phil Sci) University of Cambridge 2004
- AB (Magna Cum Laude) Harvard College 2002
|Dr. Stevens obtained his PhD from the Department of History of Science at Harvard in 2010. Before coming to NTU in September 2011, Dr. Stevens taught classes at Harvard on the history of biotechnology, the history of the Internet, the history of computing, nanotechnology, and the interaction between science, technology, and science fiction.|
Dr. Stevens also holds an MPhil from the Cambridge University and an AB from Harvard College.
|My research focuses on the intersection between information technology and biotechnology. His forthcoming book -- Life out of Sequence: bioinformatics and the introduction of computers into biology (http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo16744390.html) -- is an historical and ethnographic account of the changes wrought to biological practice and biological knowledge by the introduction of the computer. Especially in highly computerized fields such as genomics, the computer has changed how biologists work, how biologists collaborate, and how biologists make knowledge.|
I am currently working on two other book projects. First, I am writing a general audience book about biotechnology under the title "Biotechnology and society." This book will examines the social, cultural, political, and economic effects of biotechnologies from a range of disciplinary perspectives (including history, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy). Second, I am co-editing a book with Sarah Richardson (Department of History of Science and Department of Women and Gender Studies, Harvard University) that reflects on recent developments in the biosciences from a social science perspective. The tentative title of that work is "Postgenomics."
I am also working on several new projects that examine the production of knowledge in the biosciences in Singapore and Asia. These projects examine, amongst other things, the use of laboratory spaces and the use of 'big data' in scientific work.
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|Current Projects |
- Networking Science: A Historical Examination of the Impact of the Internet on Biology and Other Sciences
- Hallam Stevens. (2013, October). Genetimes and lifetimes: how DNA makes history. Paper presented at New Media, memories, and history, Nanyang Technological University.
- Hallam Stevens. (2013). Review of: Joseph November (2012) Biomedical computing: digitizing life in the United States. Isis, 104(1), 186-187.
- Hallam Stevens. (2012, October). Ecodesign and the city: managing space and information in Singapore's fusionopolis. Paper presented at Society for the History of Technology, Copenhagen, 4-7 October 2012.
- Hallam Stevens, Lily Song. (2012, September). Hawker centres and food sustainability in Singapore. Paper presented at Designing for the anthropocene: climate, food, and health, National University of Singapore.
- Hallam Stevens. (2012). Dr. Sanger, meet Mr. Moore: next-generation sequencing is driving new questions and new modes of research. Bioessays, 34(2), 103-105.