Hallam Stevens

Assistant Professor of History

Nanyang Technological University

Hallam Stevens' research focuses on the intersection between information technology and biotechnology. His book, Life Out of Sequence: a Data-driven History of Bioinformatics, 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.

He is currently working on two other book projects. First, he is writing a general audience book about biotechnology under the title "Biotechnology and society." The book will examine the social, cultural, political, and economic effects of biotechnologies from a range of disciplinary perspectives (including history, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy). Second, Stevens is co-editing a book, titled "Postgenomics," 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.

Stevens is also pursuing two newer projects: The first examines and compares the shifting usages, meanings and importance of laboratory spaces in East Asia (particularly Singapore and China) and the second aims to analyze the emergence of Big Data, providing some historical, social, and political context for this apparently new phenomenon.