Albert H. Teich

Albert H. Teich

Research Professor of Science, Technology, and International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 403
Phone: 202-994-6451
Fax: 202-994-1639

Areas of Expertise

Science and Technology Policy


Dr. Teich is an expert in science and technology policy. His major current interests are in globalization and its impacts on U.S. science and technology and in federal government budgeting and priority-setting for research. He came to the Elliott School in February 2012, following a distinguished 32 year career with the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). From 1990 through 2010, he served as Director of Science & Policy Programs and in 2011 as Senior Policy Adviser for the Association.

In 2010 Science & Policy Programs had of a staff of about 40 and a budget of approximately $15 million a year. Its wide range of programs include the Science & Technology Fellows; the R&D Budget & Policy Analysis; the Research Competitiveness Program; Science and Human Rights; Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law; and the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Dr. Teich is a Fellow of AAAS and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Scientific Achievement in Science Policy from the Washington Academy of Sciences. He served as president of the Academy in 2008-2009. He has been a member of the program committees for the 2010 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in Turin and ESOF 2012 in Dublin, and has been appointed to the program committee for the 2014 conference in Copenhagen. He's also past chair of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation, where he remains a member of the executive committee; a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Maine Space Grant Consortium; the Norwegian Research and Technology Forum in the United States; the Advisory Committee to the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program; and the Council of Advisors for Research and Innovation Strategy of the National University of Singapore.

He received a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in political science, both from M.I.T. Prior to joining the AAAS staff, he served on the faculty of the GWU School of Public and International Affairs (predecessor of the Elliott School), the State University of New York, and Syracuse University.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Teich is the author of numerous articles and editor of several books, including Technology and the Future, the most widely used college textbook on technology and society. First published in 1972, the book marked its 40th anniversary in print with its twelfth edition, published by Cengage Learning in January 2012.

Other publications include "Green Technology Innovation in the United States: The Obama Administration's Ambitious Program and its Prospects," Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review (2010) and "Can Administrative Measures Resolve a Political Conflict?" Public Administration Review (2008) and "Impacts of Post-September 11 Security Policies on U.S. Science," in Andrew D. James, ed., Science and Technology Policies for the Anti-Terrorism Era (2006).