“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
David Allen is a doctoral candidate in History at Columbia University and an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, having previously been a History and Policy Fellow at the Ash Center. His research explores the relationship between the public and U.S. foreign policy, between the end of World War I and the Vietnam War.
David took a double first in History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as well as an M.Phil. in Historical Studies. His publications include work on the Peace Corps and church-state politics, Henry Kissinger and the domestic politics of détente, and computational methods and the study of history in an age of big data. Beyond history, he is a freelance classical music critic at the New York Times.Last Updated: Sep 19, 2018, 11:37pm