MARK B. BROWN
Professor, Department of Government
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6089 USA
Rutgers University, Political Science, 2001.
Dissertation: Civilizing Science: The Joint Construction of Science and Citizenship in Modern Democracy. Committee: Benjamin R. Barber (chair), Wilson Carey McWilliams, Frank Fischer, David H. Guston.
Recipient of Virginia Walsh Award for best dissertation in science, technology, and environmental politics, American Political Science Association, 2004.
University of California, Santa Cruz, Politics, with Honors, 1990.
Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany. Studies in political science and philosophy, 1988-89.
Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento.
Associate Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento.
Co-leader, Junior Research Group "Science, Values, and Democracy," Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS), Bielefeld University.
Assistant Professor, Department of Government, California State University, Sacramento.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), Bielefeld University.
Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of San Francisco.
Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of California, Davis.
Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University.
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
Visiting Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Bielefeld University, June-July 2011.
National Science Foundation, Ethics and Values Studies program, standard grant ($129,935, Nr. 0451289), “Toward a Political Theory of Bioethics: Participation, Representation, and Deliberation on Federal Bioethics Advisory Committees,” Jan. 2005-Sept. 2007.
Institute for Science and Technology Studies (IWT), Bielefeld University, Research Contract, Summer 2005.
Dartmouth College Ethics Institute, Summer Faculty Institute, Fellowship Participant, “Teaching the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of the Human Genome Project,” Howard University, June 12-17, 2005.
National Science Foundation, Ethics and Values Studies program, Dissertation Research Grant (No. SBR 9810316), 1998-99.
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), Research Unit: Innovation and Organization, Research Contracts, Summer 1998 and Summer 1994.
Rutgers University Graduate School, Graduate Fellowship, 1998-99.
Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy, Rutgers University, Research Fellowship, 1996-97.
Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University, Associate Fellowship, 1994-95.
INVITED TALKS AND WORKSHOPS
"What Does It Mean to Politicize Science?" Philosophy Department Colloquium, University of Waterloo, Canada, October 26, 2012.
"Realism in the Philosophy of Science," presented at workshop on "The Social Relevance of the Philosophy of Science," Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, June 11-13, 2012.
"What Could it Mean to Democratize Science?" Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), June 4, 2012.
"The Civic Purpose and Production of Science Literacy," presented at workshop on "Science and the Public," Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, May 30 – June 1, 2012.
"The Role of Faculty Governance in Ensuring Institutional Integrity," workshop on "Industry Sponsorship and Health-Related Food Research: Institutional Integrity, Ethical Challenges, and Policy Implications," a symposium sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University, March 29-30, 2012.
"Populism and Cosmopolitanism in the Politics of Climate Science” workshop on "Engineers, Exact Scientists (Technocrats) and Political Processes: Global Perspectives," Harvey Mudd College, Mach 2-3, 2012.
"Climate Change Denial and Counter-Democracy," UCLA Political Theory Workshop, December 2, 2011.
Workshop on "Advocacy in Science," American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC, October 17-18, 2011
"Is Climate Change Good for Democracy?" Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas, September 21, 2011.
"Rethinking the Democratization of Expertise," workshop on "Science versus Democracy?" Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ghent University, Belgium, June 10, 2011.
“John Dewey, Science Policy, and the Limits of Epistemic Democracy,” Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, March 21, 2011.
“The Politics of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering,” Fall Ethics Symposium, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, California, November 16-17, 2010.
Workshop on "Lay Public Knowledge of Science," National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, October 21-22, 2010.
Workshop on new approaches to political representation, "Political Representation Institute," University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 1-2, 2010.
"How Scientists Represent Citizens in Public Debate," European Summer School, "Which place for science in the public debate?" Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IHEST), Saline royale d’Arc et Senans, France, August 25-29, 2010.
"Experts as Representatives," Gordon Research Conference on Science and Technology Policy, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, August 8-13, 2010.
International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, California, March 22-26, 2010.
"How Science Becomes Political, and What to Do about It," Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University, January 21, 2010.
Workshop on "Linking Science to Societal Benefits: Why, How and When?" Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, Linköping University, Sweden, September 14-17, 2009.
"How Environmental Science Becomes Political," Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, March 19, 2009.
"What Does It Mean to Have a Right to Research?" World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, Brussels, March 5-7, 2009.
“Commodified Science, Political Theory, and Public Representation,” workshop on The Commodification of Academic Research: Analyses, Assessments, Alternatives, Faculty of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, June 21-23, 2007.
“From Participation to Representation in the Politics of Technology,” Centre for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology, June 18, 2007.
“Democratic Politics and Scientific Representation,” workshop on "The Stuff of Politics: Technoscience, Democracy, and Public Life," University of Oxford, December 7-10, 2006.
"The Co-Production of Scientific and Political Representation," workshop on "Rethinking Democratic Representation," Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia, May 18-19, 2006.
"The Politics of Representation on Federal Advisory Committees," Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University, March 30, 2006.
Workshop on "Quality Control & Assurance in Scientific Advice to Policy," Interdisciplinary Research Group on Scientific Advice to Policy in Democracy, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, January 12-14, 2006.
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND COMMENTARY (selected)
"Climate Change Denial and Counter-Democracy: What Al Gore Could Learn from the Tea Party about the Politics of Science." International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change, University of Colorado, Boulder, Sept 13-15, 2012.
"Who Speaks for the Global Climate? Institutional Pluralism and Democratic Representation," Western Political Science Association Meeting, Portland, Oregon, March 22-25, 2012.
"Climate Change and Counter-Democracy," Association for Political Theory, University of Notre Dame, October 13-15, 2011.
“John Dewey, Science Policy, and the Limits of Epistemic Democracy,” Three Rivers Philosophy Conference: Science, Knowledge and Democracy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, April 1-3, 2011.
“Deception in the Science and Politics of Climate Change," Spring Colloquium, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Sacramento, March 16, 2011.
Discussant for panel on "Science, Ethics, and Progress," Association for Political Theory, Portland, Oregon, October 21-23, 2010.
"From Politicized Science to Politicized Democracy: Implicit Conceptions of Democracy in Recent Debates Over Climate Science and Policy," with Silke Beck, Science and Democracy Network annual meeting, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, UK, June 28-30, 2010.
Invited commentator at "The Rightful Place of Science?" Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University, May 16-19, 2010.
"What Geoengineering Could Do to (and for) Democracy," Western Political Science Association, San Francisco, April 1-3, 2010.
“Free Speech and Democratic Politics," presentation at "After Proposition 8: A Symposium," California State University, Sacramento, October 26, 2009.
"Bruno Latour and the Symmetries of Science and Politics," American Political Science Association, Tortonto, September 3-6, 2009.
"How Science Becomes Political," conference on "Science and Values: The Politicisation of Science," sponsored by the European Science Foundation (ESF) and Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University, May 25-30, 2009.
"When Is Science Political?" Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Rotterdam, August 20-23, 2008.
"Norms and Practices of Representation on the US President’s Council on Bioethics," Third International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis, University of Essex, June 19-21, 2008.
"Participatory Eden: The Deliberative Power of Lay Knowledge," American Political Science Association, Chicago, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007.
“Three Ways to Politicize Bioethics,” Science and Democracy Network annual meeting, University of Cambridge, June 27-29, 2007.
"The Politics of Representation on Federal Advisory Committees," Western Political Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 8-10; also presented as a poster at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, February 15-19, 2007.
“Scientific and Political Representation: Symmetries and Asymmetries,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Vancouver, November 2-5, 2006.
Invited commentator at "Is There Progress in Ethics?" inaugural conference of the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, October 13-14, 2006.
"Politics and Legitimacy on Federal Bioethics Commissions," conference on "Bioethics & Politics: The Future of Bioethics in a Divided Democracy," Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany, New York, July 13-14, 2006.
Chair and co-organizer: panel on “California’s Eugenic History & Biotech Future: Ethical and Political Dilemmas,” one-day symposium on From Eugenics to Designer Babies: Engineering the California Dream, Sacramento, October 21, 2005
“Democratizing Expertise,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Paris, August 25-28, 2004
“Citizen Panels and the Concept of Representation,” Science and Democracy Network, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, July 22-24, 2004
“Citizen Panels and the Concept of Representation,” Western Political Science Association, Portland, Oregon, March 2004.
“Representation, Participation, and the German Parliament: A Comparison of Three Advisory Institutions,” with Peter Weingart and Justus Lentsch, conference on "Scientific Expertise and Political Decision-Making," Basel University, Switzerland, December 2003.
“Ethics, Politics, and Agenda-Setting for Scientific Research," Research Symposium with the Next Generation of Leaders in Science & Technology Policy, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC, November 22-23, 2002.
Chair and Discussant: “Democratic and Participatory Theories of Science,” Science and Democracy Network Workshop, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, June 2002.
Fellowship Participant: "Living with the Genie: Governing the Scientific and Technological Transformation of Society in the 21st Century," Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Columbia University, New York, March, 2002.
“Science, Democracy, and the Concept of Representation,” Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, November, 2001
“Conceptions of Natural Science in Democratic Theory and Politics,” American Political Science Association, Atlanta, September 1999.
“The Civic Shaping of Technology: California’s Electric Vehicle Program,” Society for Social Studies of Science, San Diego, October 1999.
“A Parliament of Things: The Representation of Science and Citizens in Environmental Politics,” Western Political Science Association, Seattle, March 1999.
“Environmental Policy, Political Theory, and the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge,” Vocations of Political Theory, political theory graduate student conference, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, February 1998.
Faculty Council, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, CSUS, Sept. 2011 to present.
Curriculum Committee, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies, CSUS, 2007-2008.
Research and Creative Activities Committee, CSUS, 2005-2008.
Proposal Review Panel, Research and Creative Activity Award Program, CSUS, once annually, 2003-2008.
Program Assessment Committee Chair, Department of Government, CSUS, 2006-2007.
Curriculum Committee, Department of Government, CSUS, Fall 2003 to present.
Laszlo Kosolosky, Ghent University, Ph.D. thesis in process.
Jennifer Brian, Arizona State University, Ph.D. thesis, 2012.
Michael D. Valle, M.A. thesis, "Justice in Intellectual Property: The Narrative of Knowledge as a Commons," California State University, Sacramento, 2011.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Radio interview: one-hour live interview on call-in talk show Think, broadcast by NPR affiliate KERA in Dallas, Texas, September 21, 2011.
Grant proposal reviews: National Science Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Welcome Trust
Manuscript reviews: Columbia University Press, American Political Science Review; American Journal of Political Science; Contemporary Political Theory; Journal of Politics; Perspectives on Politics; Political Research Quarterly; Political Studies; PS: Political Science and Politics; Policy Sciences; Theory and Society; Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology and Human Values; Philosophy of Science; Social Epistemology; Journal of Philosophy, Science and Law; Minerva; Research Policy; Science Communication; Science and Public Policy; Perspectives on Science; Public Understanding of Science; Nature and Culture; Politics and the Life Sciences; American Journal of Bioethics; Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal; Science and Engineering Ethics
Award committee member, Virginia Walsh Award for best dissertation in science, technology, and environmental politics, American Political Science Association, section on Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics, 2005.
Workshop co-chair, Politics and Expertise, Institute for Science & Technology Studies (IWT), Bielefeld University, February 6-7, 2002.
Award committee chair, Donald K. Price Award for best book on science, technology, and politics, American Political Science Association, section on Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics, 2002.