Faculty Profile

John Horgan

Building: Peirce
Room: 307
Phone: 201.216.5057
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: jhorgan@stevens.edu
School:  College of Arts & Letters
Department:  Science Communication / CAL 105

1983. M.S., School of Journalism, Columbia University.
1982. B.A., School of General Studies, Columbia University. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors in English.


Throughout my career, I have been engaged in research--including interviewing, reading and attending conferences--on the biological, social and environmental correlates of war and peace. I incorporated this research into my 2012 book "The End of War", published by McSweeney's. I am also constantly researching and writing about a wide variety of other science-related topics.


August 2005-Present. Director of the Center for Sciences Writings and Affiliate Professor in the College of Arts and Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey. Responsibilities include organizing events on science-related topics, writing a weekly column, "The Scientific Curmudgeon," for The Stute (the Stevens school paper) and teaching courses on science-related topics.

1997-Present. Freelance science writer. Articles published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Newsweek, London Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, New Republic, Discover, Science, New Scientist, Technology Review, Slate, and elsewhere.

1986-1997. Senior Writer, Scientific American Magazine. Wrote over 400 articles on science, technology, medicine, mathematics, philosophy, and national security. Also edited articles and managed news section.

1983-1986. Associate Editor, IEEE Spectrum Magazine. Wrote and edited articles on technology and its social implications.

Honors & Awards

2009. Included in Best American Science Writing, edited by Natalie Angier.

2007. Included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, published by Houghton Mifflin (also in 2005 and 2006 editions).

2005. Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion.

1997. American Psychiatric Association Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Reporting on Psychiatric Issues.

1994. American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award.

1994. "Excellent" rating from Forbes Media Guide: A Review of the Nation’s Most Influential Journalists.

1993. National Association of Science Writers Science-in-Society Award.

1993. New York Business Press Editors Award.

1992. American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award.

1986. Co-winner with other editors of IEEE Spectrum of National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue.

1985. Society of National Association Publications Award for Investigative Reporting.

Selected Publications
  1. John Horgan. (2012). The End of War, McSweeney's.
  2. John Horgan, Frank Geer. (2002). Where Was God on September 11?, Brown Trout.
  3. John Horgan. (2003). Rational Mysticism, Houghton Mifflin.
  4. John Horgan. (1999). "The Undiscovered Mind", Free Press.
  5. John Horgan. (1996). The End of Science, Addison Wesley.
  • HHS 130 History of Science and Technology
  • HLI 370 Introduction to Journalism
  • HPL 470 War and Human Nature
  • HUM 401 Seminar in Science Writing
  • CAL 105 CAL Colloquium: Knowledge, Nature, Culture