STS Director

David Tomblin

1211 Cambridge Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301.405.7219

Background Information

David Tomblin has served as director of Science, Technology and Society since 2013 but has taught STS and related courses at the University of Maryland since 2009. He earned a BS in biology from Old Dominion University and a MS in biology from Virginia Tech. He earned a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. Tomblin’s research interests lie in the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies. He works with a consortium of universities, science museums, and non-profits called Expert and Citizen Assessment of Technology (ECAST) to develop public engagement exercises for government agencies such as NASA, Department of Energy, and NOAA. Recent projects have centered on asteroid exploration, nuclear energy, climate change, nanotechnology, and biodiversity.

Recent Publications

Tomblin, David (2016). “The White Mountain Recreational Enterprise: Bio-Political Foundations for White Mountain Apache Natural Resource Control, 1945-1960.” Humanities 5.

Tomblin, David, Richard Worthington, Gretchen Gano, Mahmud Farooque, David Sittenfeld, and Jay Lloyd (2015). Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum (Washington DC: ECAST).

Goldschmidt, Rudi, David Tomblin, and Mikko Rask (2015). “Does Gender Play a Role in Global Citizen Deliberations?” in Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation, Rick Worthington and Mikko Rask, eds. (New York: Routledge): 130-151.

Tomblin, D.C. 2013. “White Mountain Apache Boundary Work as an Instrument of Eco-political Liberation and Landscape Change,” in New Natures: Joining  Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, Dolly Jorgensen, Finne Arne Jorgensen, and Sara B. Pritchard, eds. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press): 243-264.

Worthington, Richard,  Darlene Cavalier, Mahmud Farooque, Gretchen Gano, Henry Geddes, Steven Sander, David Sittenfeld, David Tomblin,  2012. Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center, ECAST). Available online at

Tomblin, D.C. 2010. “American Indian Restoration,” in Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past, Marcus Hall, ed. (New York, NY: Routledge), pp. 355-371.

Tomblin, D.C. 2009. “The Ecological Restoration Movement: Diverse Cultures of Place and Practice,” Organization & Environment 22(2): 185-207.

Complete Curriculum Vitae

Tomblin CV (2017) (pdf)