Area of Expertise
Space policy, American politics, science policy
Howard E. McCurdy, professor of public administration and policy in the School of Public Affairs, specializes in space policy, the organizational culture of NASA, public administration, and American politics. He recently completed the second edition of Space and the American Imagination, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. His previously coauthored Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel deals with the issue of human versus automated flight. In 2001 he produced a critical analysis of NASA’s low-cost initiative Faster, Better, Cheaper. In 2006 he collaborated with AU colleague David Rosenbloom to produce Revisiting Waldo's Administrative State: Constancy and Change in Public Administration, which reassesses the political theory of American public administration. Additionally, McCurdy coedited Space Flight and the Myth of Presidential Leadership. An earlier book Inside NASA: High Technology and Organizational Change in the U.S. Space Program was awarded the 1994 Henry Adams Prize for the best book on the history of the federal government. His first book on space policy chronicled the history of The Space Station Decision. McCurdy publishes in journals such as Public Administration Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management,and Space Policy and has authored various book chapters and monographs. He is often consulted by the media on public policy and space policy issues and has appeared on PBS NewsHour, CNN's Newsmaker Saturday, and the NBC, ABC, and CBS evening news. He has been interviewed by VOA, NPR, BBC Radio, and the Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronicle, New York Times, Washington Post,and others.