John M. Logsdon

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs

Emeriti Faculty


Dr. John M. Logsdon 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).  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.

Space policy and history

Ph.D., New York University