Faculty & Staff

Scott Pace, (Ph.D., RAND Graduate School) Director of Space Policy Institute. U.S. and international space policy issues, approaches to policy and program analysis, and international negotiations.

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Henry R. Hertzfeld, (Ph.D., Temple University; J.D., George Washington University) Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs. Economic and legal issues of space policy, commercial uses of space technologies, technology policy, innovation and technology transfer, microeconomic analysis, administrative law.

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John M. Logsdon, (Ph.D., New York University) Former Director of Center for International Science and Technology Policy, Space Policy Institute. Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs. Space policy, security, space technology and history.

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Pascale Ehrenfreund, (Ph.D. Thesis University of Vienna/ University Paris VII) Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs. Molecular Biology, Space Science and related policy making, technology management.

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Peter_Hays Peter L. Hays, (Ph.D., Tufts University) Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs. Space and National Security.

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Kevin Pomfret

Kevin Pomfret, (J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law) Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs. Geospatial Law and Policy.

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Joseph J. Cordes, (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) Director, Ph.D. Program in Public Policy. Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs. Public finance, taxation, corporation financial policy. Now he is the director of Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University (GW-TSPPPA).


Zoe Szajnfarber, (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Assistant Professor of Engineering Management Systems Engineering at The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Researching innovation dynamics and technology management in space agencies.

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KrisKris Lehnhardt, (M.D., University of Western Ontario) Emergency Physician at the George Washington University Hospital and Assistant Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Director of the "Introduction to Human Health in Space" graduate course.

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SteveSteve Livingston, (Ph.D, University of Washington) Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs at The George Washington University and the director of the School of Media and Public Affairs' (SMPA) Political Communication Program. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution and Fellow at Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights.

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MKMichael Keidar, (Ph.D, Tel Aviv University), Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Neurological Surgery, Director of Micropropulsion and Nanotechnology Laboratory and director of GW Institute for Nanotechnology. His research interest concerns with advanced spacecraft propulsion.


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Ryan Green, Graduate Student, Elliott School of International Affairs

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Zlata Gogoleva, Finance and Operations Coordinator






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»SPI Director, Scott Pace is quoted in the Politico article How Elon Musk eposed billions in questionable Pentagon spending discussing the role of ULA in American space capabilities.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Environment on NOAA Utilization of Commercial Remote Sensing Data.

»SPI Director, Scott Pace, testifies in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation committee on U.S. Human Exploration Goals and Commercial Space Competitiveness. His testimony is available online.

»On October 16, 2015, the Space Policy Institute hosted an informal discussion during which Dr. Philippe Brunet, European Commission Director for Space Policy, Copernicus, and Defense Industry described the plans of the European Union to become the primary European actor in space policy and programs.

»Current SPI Graduate Student Zack Hester's article NASA's Lessons Learned in Long-Duration Spaceflight: The Shuttle-Mir Program was published in Quest Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016.

»SPI Alum Mia Brown wrote an article titled Launch Dilemna: The role of the commercial sector in America's space program which was published by the Brookings Institution.

»Prof. Jack Burns, Vice President Emeritus at the University of Colorado, presented a distinguished lecture "Exploring the Universe from the Moon". It can be viewed online

»Dr. Scott Pace, Director of the Space Policy Institute, spoke on The Implications of U.S. Space Policy Choices at the California Institute of Technology. A video of the lecture is available for viewing here.

»Dr. Scott Pace, Visiting Scholar Deganit Paikowsky, and four SPI alumni attended the 2015 International Astronautical Congress in Jerusalem.

»Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, SPI Research Professor, became Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Read the announcement here.

»SPI Alum, Stephanie Wan, has been elected as Co-chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council. Congratulations Stephanie! Further information is available online.

»SPI hosts "Careers in Space Policy: A Panel Discussion" with the American Institute of Astronautics and Astrophysics National Capital Section Young Professionals Committee and the GW AIAA Student Chapter.

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