Doctoral Dissertations in Space Policy

The Space Policy Institute focuses on master's degrees in International Science and Technology Policy and does not offer a doctoral program. Institute faculty participate on dissertation committees related to space policy in cooperation with other departments and program at George Washington University. The following is a list of doctoral dissertations completed in association with the Space Policy Institute.


Space Property Rights

by Balta, Athina, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2016


National, Regional and Sectoral Innovation Systems in China: General Overview and Case Studies of Renewable Energy and Space Technology Sectors

by Besha, Patrick, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2013, 302 pages; 3557557


Galileo: Power, pride and profit. The relative influence of realist, ideational, and liberal factors on the Galileo satellite program

by Gleason, Michael P., Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2009, 360 pages; AAT 3338912


The evolution of the NASA Earth Observing System: A case study in policy and project formulation

by Leshner, Richard Benjamin, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2007, 387 pages; AAT 3275144


Space in environmental diplomacy: Exploring the role of earth observing satellites for monitoring international environmental agreements

by Johnston, Shaida Sahami, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2006, 223 pages; AAT 3199919


Mars wars: A case history of agenda-setting and alternative generation in the American space program

by Hogan, Thor Nels, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2004, 301 pages; AAT 3124606


Mission control: principal agent theory as a model for national security policy decisions

by Day, Dwayne A., Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2000, 251 pages; 44715401


China's space activities, policy and organization, 1956-1986

by Chen, Yanping, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1999, 340 pages; AAT 9931130


Organizing space: The political-bureaucratic dynamics through 1961

by Temple, Lafayette Parker, III, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1999, 468 pages; AAT 9931152


United States commercial space launch policy implementation, 1986--1992

by Reed, Craig Russell, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1998, 438 pages; AAT 9817630


Billion dollar technology: The origins of communications satellite technology (1945--1965)

by Whalen, David Joseph, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1997, 316 pages; AAT 9716027


The evolution of the NASA-DoD relationship from Sputnik to the lunar landing

by Erickson, Mark Alan, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1997, 665 pages; AAT 9726648


Earth Observations Satellite Data Policy: Process and Outcome

by Shaffer, Lisa, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1994, 200 pages; AAT 9416583


Organized interests and the politics of the United States space station

by Hitchcock, Henry Hansel, Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1993, 493 pages; AAT 9316111




SPI Director Awarded AIAA Durand Lectureship in Public Service

Air Force General Shelton, Commander of AFSPC, Speaks at an SPI Seminar: "Space and Cyberspace: Enduring Missions in a Changing World"

SPI Director on Radio Panel, Diane Rehm Show, NPR

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund Interviewed by Forbes

SPI Director's New Collaborative Book Looks Into the Future of American Space

SPI Faculty Article in AAAS's Science Looks Into Human Lunar Heritage

SPI Director on India Mars Mission in NewScientist

SPI Alumna, Emma Hinds, Recognized by Satellite Industry with 2013 Promise Award

SPI and Beijing Institute of Technology's Institute of Space Law Sign Joint Statement in Beijing

SPI Director Weighs Public and Private Interests at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

SPI Director Gives Presentation at NextGen Ahead Conference on the Future of GPS

SPI Director Discusses Space Industry, Policy and Inspiration at Home and Abroad on The Space Show

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon to Receive Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal from IAF

SPI Director and SPI Professor Emeritus Review Time in Office as Former NASA Deputy Administrator Steps Down

SPI Director Tells Washington Post TV What to Expect from Space

To the Point Interviews SPI Director on Future of Space

SPI Director Interviewed on Plan for US Lunar Park

SPI Alumna Laura Delgado López to Participate in MIT/Skoltech Initiative in July, Moscow

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund elected President of Austrian Science Fund (FWF)

GWU Faculty Honored at AIAA Awards Gala

SPI Visiting Scholar Speaks at JAXA Washington Office

SPI Director Scott Pace Writes Guest Blog for The Diplomat

George Washington University Team Competes in Quarter Finals of 2013 North American Space Law Moot Court Competition

SPI Alumna to Moderate NASA's First Spanish Language Google+ Hangout

C-SPAN, SpacePolicyOnline, The Space Review and Aviation Week cover SPI-AIAA Event, "Columbia+10: Lessons Learned and Unlearned"

SPI Professor Henry Hertzfeld interviewed on The Space Show

Papers by SPI Faculty named in Science Direct's Top 25 Hottest Articles from Advances in Space Research for 2012

SPI Director Scott Pace cited by Der Spiegel

SPI Students Discuss Space Policy

Space Policy Institute and Secure World Foundation Release 'A Guide to Space Law Terms'

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon speaks in panel on the need for a definitive U.S. space policy

SPI Director Scott Pace testifies before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology

SPI Hosts Workshop on "Developing a Responsible Environmental Regime for Celestial Bodies"

Space Policy Challenges Facing the Second Obama Administration

SPI Professor Emeritus John Logsdon discusses the possibility of a new direction in space exploration in the second term of the Obama Administration

SPI Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund named to the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight

SPI Director Scott Pace weighs in on the space policies of the Presidential candidates in Space News

SPI student and faculty present at 63rd International Astronautical Conference in Naples, Italy

SPI Director Scott Pace interviewed on Russian television news program

SPI Director Scott Pace and SPI Associate Professor Kris Lehnhardt participated in the Deep Space: Relaunching American Exceptionalism discussion on the Hill


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