Faculty and Staff

Steve Collins

Associate Professor and Joint appointment with Science & Technology

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia
Ph.D. Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

Office: UWBB-251
Phone: 425-352-5356
Email: swcollin@u.washington.edu
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/swcollin/
Mailing: Box 358511, 11136 NE 180th Street, Bothell, WA 98011-1713


Teaching

At the broadest level, my goal in teaching is to lead students in an exploration of how human societies came to be what they are today, focusing on the impact of ideas, institutions, and technologies. Why are some nations rich while others are poor? Why do technologies emerge where they do and when they do, and what shapes their development and diffusion? Can decision-making regarding science and technology be made more democratic? What do recent developments in biotechnology mean for the human condition? Being both an engineer and political scientist, I seek to explore how the world of politics and the world of technology have interacted through history, especially in East Asia, which is my area specialty.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 320 Comparative Political Economy
BIS 362 Political Ideas and Ideologies
BIS 400 Modern Japan
BIS 411 Biotechnology and Society
BIS 421 Technology Policy

Research/Scholarship

My research aims to better understand the relationship between regional, national, and global political economies in shaping technological development and competitive advantage in high technology industries. Active projects include the comparative study of biotechnology, focusing on Japan and the U.S., and regional and small business policy in Japan. These efforts unite around a common question: to what extent can regional or national policies shape technological development, given technological constraints, conditions in the international economy, firm and industry organization, public perceptions, and the nature of policy making institutions.

Selected Publications

The Race to Commercialize Biotechnology: Molecules, Market and the State in Japan and the US (London: Routledge Press, 2004)

"University-Industry Collaboration and Technological Innovation in the United States," Industry & Higher Education 15 (June 2001): 169-178

"Universities and Technology Transfer in Japan," Journal of Technology Transfer 25 (2000): 213-222 (with Hikoji Wakoh)