Evan Michelson started the Wagner PhD program in the fall of 2007. His dissertation, which he plans to complete in 2013, examines the role of anticipatory governance in the policy process and consists of a qualitative case study focused on the framing of nanotechnology policy in the United States.
His dissertation committee is chaired by Rogan Kersh, Wake Forest University, and consists of Maria Damon, NYU Wagner, and David Guston, Arizona State University. He completed his coursework and comprehensive exams in the fields of public policy, research methods (qualitative and survey research), and a customized field in science and technology policy.
Evan currently works as an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he is responsible for developing and implementing forward-looking idea generation and strategic analysis processes, including trend scanning and scenario planning activities. He previously worked as a Research Associate at the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. He has also developed public outreach and education programs as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of The National Academies. He published articles and book chapters in several journals and collections, including Public Administration Review, Foresight, Science and Public Policy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Technology in Society, Development, Ecotoxicology, Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Journal of Technology Studies, Ethics and Infectious Disease, Nanotechnology and Society, Nanotechnology Applications for Clean Water, and Converging Technologies for Human Progress. In addition to receiving an M.Phil. in Public Administration from NYU's Wagner School, Evan holds degrees in international science and technology policy (M.A., George Washington University), the philosophical foundations of physics (M.A., Columbia University), and the philosophy of science (B.A., Brown University).