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Biography of John West

Dr. John G. West is a Senior Fellow and Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, where he is also Associate Director of the Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. His current research examines the impact of Darwinian science on public policy and culture during the past century. His other areas of expertise include constitutional law, American government and institutions, and religion and politics.

Dr. West was previously an Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle Pacific University where he chaired the Department of Political Science and Geography, and he has taught political science and history courses at California State University, San Bernardino and Azusa Pacific University.

Listed in Who’s Who in America, Dr. West has written or edited numerous books, including Darwin’s Conservatives: The Misguided QuestTraipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Decision, The Politics of Revelation & Reason: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation, The Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics, The Theology of Welfare, The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, The Magician’s Twin: C.S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society. In addition, he written and directed several documentaries, including The War on HumansPrivileged SpeciesDarwin’s Heretic, and the award-winning Biology of the Second Reich.

Dr. West is regularly interviewed by the newsmedia on science education policy issues involving evolution and intelligent design, and his comments have been featured in such publications as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and C-SPAN, and his articles have been published by USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Indianapolis Star, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, National Review Online, FoxNews.com,  Policy Review, and many other publications.

Dr. West holds a Ph.D in Government from Claremont Graduate University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington. He is a recipient of several academic fellowships, including a Haynes Foundation Dissertation Grant, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, a Richard Weaver Fellowship, and a Chevron Journalism/Economics Scholarship. Dr. West is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national political science honor society) and Phi Beta Kappa.

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