Faculty and Staff

Dr. Henry R. Hertzfeld (Ph.D., Temple University; J.D., George Washington University) is the Director of the Space Policy Institute, a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at The Elliott School, and an adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. His research interests include economic and legal issues of space policy, commercial uses of space technologies, technology policy, innovation and technology transfer, microeconomic analysis and administrative law.

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Dr. Scott Pace (Ph.D., RAND Graduate School; Professor of Practice in International Affairs, Elliott School) His research interests include civil, commercial, and national security space policy. From 2005-2008, he served as the Associate Administrator for Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA. Prior to NASA, Dr. Pace was the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

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Dr. John M. Logsdon (Ph.D., New York University) is Professor Emeritus at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he was the founder and long-time director of GW’s Space Policy Institute. Dr. Logsdon’s research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities. He is author, among many articles, essays, and edited books, of the award-winning studies John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010); After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (2015); and Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier (2019). Dr. Logsdon was general editor of the seven-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program (1995-2008) and of The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration (2018). Dr. Logsdon is a member of the Board of Directors of the Planetary Society. In 2003 he was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, and formerly was a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is a sought-after commentator on space issues by the electronic and print media.

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Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund (Ph.D. Thesis University of Vienna/ University Paris VII) is a Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the Space Policy Institute/George Washington University in Washington DC. She is also the President of the International Astronautical Federation IAF and Chancellor of the International Space University ISU. For over three decades she contributed as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and Teamleader to ESA and NASA astronomy and planetary missions as well as experiments in low Earth orbit and on the International Space Station. Pascale Ehrenfreund was the Chair of the Executive Board of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) between 2015-2020 and the President of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) from 2013-2015. Pascale Ehrenfreund holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and a Master degree in Management & Leadership. The asteroid “9826 Ehrenfreund 2114 T-3” bears her name. CV Pascale Ehrenfreund.

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Part-time Faculty

Dr. Peter L. Hays (Ph.D., Tufts University) is a Senior Space Policy Analyst with Falcon Research supporting the Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff where he helps to develop and implement space policy and strategy initiatives. Dr. Hays holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School and was an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He served internships at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Space Council. Hays previously taught space policy courses at the United States Air Force Academy School of Advanced Airpower Studies and National Defense University. His major publications include Handbook of Space SecuritySpace and Security, and Toward a Theory of Spacepower.


Dr. Dana J. Johnson (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is the Director, International Outreach and Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Research and Engineering), U.S. Department of Defense.  She is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and senior leadership on matters concerning international engagement, defense strategy and policy pertaining to the Department’s science and technology activities.  She has held prior positions in space policy and security at the Department of State, Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Analysis Center, RAND, and other industry and “think tanks” in Washington, D.C. and California.  Dr. Johnson has taught space policy classes at Georgetown University, Missouri State University, and George Washington University’s Elliott School.  She has written and contributed to numerous books, monographs, and presentations.


Dr. John Klein (Ph.D., University of Reading) instructs the undergraduate course titled “Space and International Affairs.” He is a senior fellow and strategist at Falcon Research, Inc. and supports the Principal Department of Defense Space Advisor Staff, where he helps to develop and implement space policy and strategy.  Dr. Klein has in-depth knowledge of the applicability of maritime strategy to formulate space power theory and strategy. He holds a Ph.D. in politics, with a strategic studies focus, from the University of Reading. Dr. Klein is the author of Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy (2006), and he writes frequently on national security, military strategy, and the implications of the Law of Armed Conflict.  Dr. Klein is working on the forthcoming book titled “The Art of Space War.”


Faculty Associates

Dr. Joseph J. Cordes (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is the Director of the Public Policy Ph.D. Program, as well as a Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs. His research interests include public finance, taxation, and corporate financial policy. He is also the acting Director of Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University (GW-TSPPPA).



Dr. Michael Keidar (Ph.D., Tel Aviv University) is the Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Neurological Surgery at the George Washington University. He received the M.Sc. degree with honors (focus area: Electric Propulsion) from Kharkov Aviation Institute, Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1997 (focus area: Plasma Engineering). He was a Fulbright Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, a Research Associate with Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and a Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research concerns advanced spacecraft propulsion, plasma-based nanotechnology, and plasma medicine. He has authored over 210 journal articles and author of textbook “Plasma Engineering: from Aerospace and Nano and Bio technology” (Elsevier, March 2013). He received Hegarty Innovation Prize, Distinguished Researcher Award. Physics of Plasmas selects 2001 paper on Hall thruster as one of its most cited papers in the 50 years of its publishing. Prof. Keidar serves as an Academic Editor of the AIP Advances, Editor-in-chief of Graphene, a member of Editorial Board of Scientific Reports (Nature) and many other journals. He is Director of GW Institute for Nanotechnology. He is Fellow of American Physical Society (APS), Associate Fellow of AIAA.


Dr. Steven Livingston (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington, 1990) is a Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs with appointments in the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) and the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA).  In 2016-17, Livingston is a senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.  He is also a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution’s program in Governance Studies and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.  In the spring of 2017, he will be a visiting professor of political science at St. Gallen University in Switzerland.  His research centers on the role of technology in governance and the provisioning of public goods, including human security and rights.  Among other publications, Livingston has written When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence, co-authors) (University of Chicago Press, 2007). With Gregor Walter-Drop he edited Bits and Atoms: Information and Communication Technology in Areas of Limited Statehood (Oxford University Press, 2014), Africa’s Evolving Infosystems: A Pathway to Security and Stability (NDU Press, 2011) and Africa’s Information Revolution: Implications for Crime, Policing, and Citizen Security (NDU Press, 2013). He has also written several policy papers on commercial remote sensing satellites.  Over the last decade, Livingston has worked and traveled to over 50 countries, mostly in Africa and South America, but also to Iraq and Afghanistan on several occasions.


Dr. Zoe Szajnfarber (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and of International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is currently researching innovation dynamics, systems engineering, organizational design, and technology management in space agencies.





Administrative Staff

Christine Gilbert is the Program Associate to the Space Policy Institute and the Institute for International Science & Technology Policy. Christine received a BA in Economics and History from Boston College and a MSc in International Relations History from the London School of Economics. Before joining IISTP and SPI, she worked on the Elliott School’s central research team, where she managed intramural funding awards and external communications. Previously, she worked in analysis for the Project on National Security Reform and in policy outreach for the Center for Global Development.



George Vladimir Leaua is working as Staff Assistant to the Space Policy Institute and is also a first-year graduate student at SPI. George received a BA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He interned at the Romanian Competition Council in the economic analysis department (2015), then he was a policy intern in the International Trade and Investment department of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris (2016). He volunteered for the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC (2017) and took on a position of advisor at the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations (2018). He also interned in the policy department of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the OECD in Paris (2019).

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