Hallam Stevens is a historian of science and technology whose interests span genomics, biotechnology, big data, and the history of information technology.
Hallam Stevens research investigates the effects of information technologies – computers, software, networks, and databases – on the life sciences. Hallam's first book, Life out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics (University of Chicago Press, 2013) was an historical and ethnographic account of bioinformatics. In 2015, he co-edited a volume with Sarah Richardson that examined some of the changes emerging in the life sciences since the completion of the Human Genome Project (Postgenomics: Approaches to Biology After the Genome, Duke University Press, 2015). In 2016, the University of Chicago Press will publish Biotechnology & Society: An Introduction which examines the development of biotechnology from a broad range of social science perspectives. He is currently working on two new projects. The first explores some of the potential social, political, and economic consequences of ‘big data’ taking case studies especially from the life sciences. The second examines the historical and contemporary development of genomics in East Asia, particularly Singapore, China, and Japan.
At NTU, Hallam teaches classes on the history of information technology, biotechnology, food history, and science and warfare.
Hallam is keen to hear from students interested in pursuing PhD research on topics related to the history of the biosciences or the history of information technology, especially in Asia. You can learn more about my research projects and the classes I teach here.
‘On the Means of Bio-production: Bioinformatics and How to Make Knowledge in a High-throughput Genomics Laboratory,’ Biosocieties 6 (2011), pp.217-242.
‘Networking Biology: the Origins of Sequence-Sharing Practices in Genomics,’ Technology and Culture Vol. 56, No. 4 (2015), pp.839-867.
‘A Feeling For the Algorithm: Working Knowledge and Big Data in Biology’ Osiris (Forthcoming).