John Horgan

Director, Center for Science Writings

Building: Peirce
Room: 307
Phone: 201.216.5057
Fax: 201.216.8245


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.


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

March 2007-Present. Science correspondent for “Science Saturday,” weekly conversation produced by, online intellectual salon syndicated by New York Times.

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.

Research Projects Interests

I am engaged in ongoing research--including interviewing, reading and attending conferences--on the biological, social and environmental correlates of war and peace. I incorporate this research into my course "War and Human Nature", my CSW blog, freelance writing, public lectures, and a book I am working on titled "The End of War: Why We Fight and How We Can Stop." In the last year I have written articles on warfare for Newseek, Slate, Scientific American, New Scientist, an online magazine of the U.S. State Department, BBC Knowledge Magazine, Alrroya (a Dubai-based newspaper) and other publications. I have discussed warfare on the syndicated online show and on the National Public Radio show “Radio Lab.” I have lectured on warfare at Colgate College, the Swiss Biennial on Science and Technics and other forums.

Awards and Honors

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 for Best Profile.

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

1987-1988. Journalism Instructor, Polytechnic University, Brooklyn.

1987. Visiting Professor, James Madison University, Virginia.

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.