Scott L. Montgomery

Scott L. Montgomery is an author, geoscientist, and affiliate faculty member in the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. He writes and lectures on a wide variety of topics related to American politics, intellectual history, energy geopolitics, communication, and the history of science. He's been a frequent contributor to online journals such as The Conversation, Forbes, and Fortune, and his articles and op-eds have also been featured in many outlets, including Newsweek, Marketwatch, and Huffington Post. He also gives public talks and interviews related to issues in global energy and their relation to political and economic trends.

 Scott is the author of 12 books, including The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Built the Modern World (Princeton, 2015), co-authored with Dan Chirot. The New York Times selected this work as one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2015. The Shape of the New has been widely praised for its themes regarding the power of ideas in the shaping of modern history, including U.S. political culture. Some of Scott's other recent works include Does Science Need a Global Language? (Chicago, 2013); The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science (Second Edition, Chicago, 2017); and Powers that Be: Global Energy for the 21 st Century and Beyond (Chicago, 2010).

At present, Scott is primarily engaged in the new book effort with Congressman Jim McDermott, focusing on changes in the culture of Congress over the past three decades and what they mean for the U.S. and the world. This is an exciting and timely project, to say the least, aimed at providing the public with a revealing and meaningful inside look into how and why the House of Representatives have evolved into its present state and where things might lead. Scott's other research right now concerns the broad, multidisciplinary impact of Darwin and Darwinism on the modern world.


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