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Center for Nanotechnology in Society

David Guston



David H. Guston is Professor of Politics and Global Studies and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU. CNS-ASU, funded by the National Science Foundation for roughly $13 million over ten years (2005-2015), pursues a vision of the anticipatory governance of nanotechnology and is dedicated to research, training and outreach on the societal implications of nano-scale science and engineering. His book, Between Politics and Science (Cambridge U. Press, 2000) was awarded the 2002 Don K. Price Prize by the American Political Science Association for best book in science and technology policy, and his papers are among the best-cited in the field. His most recent publication, “The Pumpkin or the Tiger: Michael Polanyi, Frederick Soddy, and Anticipating Emerging Technologies” is written in the creative nonfiction style and published in the 50th anniversary issue of Minerva. His nanotechnology-related endeavors include: organizing with the Woodrow Wilson International Center a briefing to the US Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus on “Nanotechnology and the Public: Data for Decision Makers;” editing the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (Sage, 2010); and serving as series editor for the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society (Springer), which has published volumes on Presenting Futures, Nanotechnology and the Challenge of Equity, Equality and Development, and most recently, Nanotechnology, the Brain, and the Future. Professor Guston has held visiting positions at Columbia University, the Copenhagen Business School (DK), the Kent School of Law, and Durham University (UK). In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2008, he served as co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, “Governing Emerging Technologies.” He holds an A.B. from Yale College and a PhD in political science from MIT.


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