Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis Speakers
  • 2018-19
  • United States

J. Britt Holbrook is a philosopher and assistant professor in the Department of Humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

His research has focused on the use of broader societal impacts criteria in the peer review of grant proposals at both U.S. and European funding agencies, and philosophical and policy issues surrounding open access and the development of quantitative metrics of broader impacts. In 2005, he published the first scholarly article on National Science Foundation’s Broader Impacts Merit Review Criterion and has published widely on this and related topics.

From 2008 to 2014, Holbrook served as assistant director of University of North Texas' Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity. Prior to his current position, he held a previous appointment as a visiting assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Holbrook is currently serving as a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Indicators for Researchers' Engagement with Open Science and its Impacts. In addition to his work on science and technology policy, Holbrook conducts research on the ethics of science, engineering, and technology. He was editor-in-chief of Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource. As a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, Holbrook was one of the co-authors of the AAAS Statement on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. 

Holbrook has given talks in over a dozen countries around the world, including visits to numerous funding agencies in five countries.  He earned his doctoral degree from Emory University.

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