Faculty & Staff

Peter Taylor, PhD

Professor of Critical & Creative Thinking and Science in a Changing World, College of Education and Human Development
Graduate Program Director, Critical and Creative Thinking Graduate Program and Science in a Changing World Track


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PhD, Harvard University

Additional Information

Professor Taylor's research and teaching are concerned with the complexity of social influences shaping science, in particular, environmental and health research, and with ways that citizens, educators, and scientists contribute to scientific and social change, which leads to allied concerns with innovation in teaching, group process, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

He has published articles in such journals as Science as Culture, Biology & Philosophy, and the International Journal of Epidemiology, edited Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities (University of Minnesota Press 1997), and wrote Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, and Engagement (University of Chicago Press 2005), Taking Yourself Seriously (2012) and Nature-Nurture? No: Moving the Sciences of Variation and Heredity Beyond the Gaps (2014).

Peter Taylor also serves as director of the Program in Science, Technology and Values, the Graduate Program in Critical and Creative Thinking, which supports its mid-career students to become constructive, reflective agents of change in their professional practice, and the Science in a Changing World Graduate track.