Professor John M. Logsdon is an educator, author, analyst, and historian of the presidential decisions that have shaped the U.S. space program since its inception.
Logsdon is often referred to as "the Dean of space policy." He has been based at The George Washington University in Washington, DC since 1970, now as Professor Emeritus at the Space Policy Institute of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He founded the Space Policy Institute in 1987 and directed it until retiring from active faculty status in 2008. In the years since, he has published three in-depth studies of presidential decision-making regarding the space program: 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). He has also edited the recently published The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration (2018), a collection of original documents tracing the evolution of the U.S. space effort.
Professor Logsdon is a sought-after speaker, and is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues.