Jason Delborne joined the LAIS faculty as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2008. His work is highly interdisciplinary and situated in the field of science and technology studies (STS), also known as Science, Technology, and Society. His research focuses on politicized scientific controversies, such as agricultural biotechnology, nanotechnology, environmental toxics, and biofuels. His conceptual interests include understanding scientific dissent, refining models of public engagement in science and technology policy, and exploring relationships between science and democracy.
At Colorado School of Mines, Dr. Delborne serves as the program advisor for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy (STEP) undergraduate minor/ASI and graduate minor/certificate; assistant director of the Master's Program in International Political Economy of Resources (MIPER); and coordinator of the public policy thrust of the Intelligent Geosystems IGERT project (SmartGeo). He is a faculty affiliate of Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) and of the University of Colorado-Boulder's Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR).
Dr. Delborne has a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University, and he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Subsequently, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in STS funded by the National Science Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
HNRS 300 - U.S. Public Policy Analysis [McBride Honors Program] (Syllabus, F12)
- Delborne, Jason, Ravtosh Bal*, Susan Cozzens, Jen Schneider, and Richard Worthington. Forthcoming. “Policy Pathways, Policy Networks, and Citizen Deliberation: Disseminating the Results of World Wide Views on Global Warming in the United States.” Science and Public Policy.
- Anderson, Ashley A.*, Jason Delborne, and Daniel Lee Kleinman. 2012. “Information beyond the Forum: Motivations, Strategies, and Impacts of Citizen Participants Seeking Information During a Consensus Conference.” Public Understanding of Science Online First. doi:10.1177/0963662512447173
- Delborne, Jason and Jen Schneider. 2012. “Moving Forward with Citizen Deliberation: Lessons and Inspiration from the National Citizens’ Technology Forum,” in Nanotechnology and the Public: Risk Perception and Risk Communication. S. H. Priest (ed.), London: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, pp. 103-11.
- Schneider, Jen, and Jason Delborne. 2012. “Seeking the Spotlight: World Wide Views and the U.S. Media Context,” in Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance. M. Rask, R. Worthington, and M. Lammi (eds.). London: Earthscan Publications, pp. 241–60.
- Powell, Maria, Jason Delborne, and Mathilde Colin. 2011. “Beyond Engagement Exercises: Exploring the U.S. National Citizens’ Technology Forum from the Bottom-Up.” Journal of Public Deliberation 7(1): Article 4, 47 pages.
- Delborne, Jason A. 2011. “Constructing Audiences in Scientific Controversy,” Social Epistemology 25 (1): 67-95.
- Delborne, Jason A., Ashley Anderson*, Daniel Lee Kleinman, Mathilde Colin, and Maria Powell. 2011. “Virtual Deliberation? Prospects and Challenges for Integrating the Internet in Consensus Conferences.” Public Understanding of Science 20(3): 367-84.
- Delborne, Jason A. and Wyatt Galusky. 2011. “Toxic Transformations: Constructing Audiences for Environmental Justice,” in Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement. G. Ottinger and B. Cohen (eds). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 63-92.
- Kleinman, Daniel Lee, Jason A. Delborne, and Ashley Anderson. 2011. “Engaging Citizens: The High Cost of Citizen Participation in High Technology.” Public Understanding of Science 20(2): 221-240.
- Powell, Maria, Mathilde Colin, Daniel Kleinman, Jason Delborne, and Ashley Anderson*. 2011. “Imagining Ordinary Citizens? Conceptualized and Actual Participants for Deliberations on Emerging Technologies.” Science as Culture 20(1): 37-70.
- Kleinman, Daniel Lee, Jason A. Delborne, Karen Cloud-Hansen, and Jo Handelsman (eds.). 2011. Controversies in Science and Technology, Volume 3: From Evolution to Energy, New Rochelle, NY: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
- Delborne, Jason A. 2011. “Biofuels: Streams and Themes,” in Controversies in Science and Technology, Volume 3: From Evolution to Energy, D. Kleinman, J. Delborne, K. Cloud-Hansen, and J. Handelsman (eds.). New Rochelle, NY: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, pp. 175-90.
- Delborne, Jason A. 2008. “Transgenes and Transgressions: Scientific Dissent as Heterogeneous Practice.” Social Studies of Science 38 (4): 509–41. [Winner of 2010 David Edge Prize, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)]
- Kleinman, Daniel Lee, Jason A. Delborne, and Robin Autry*. 2008. “Beyond the Precautionary Principle in Progressive Politics: Toward the Social Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms.” Tailoring Biotechnologies 4 (1/2): 41-54.
*denotes graduate student co-author.