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W. Henry Lambright

W. Henry Lambright

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413 Maxwell Hall


  • 2023 Fall
    • PAI 775 Energy, Environment and Resources Policy
    • PSC 318 Technology, Politics, and Environment
  • 2023 Spring
    • PAI 772 Science, Technology, and Public Policy
    • PSC 318 Technology, Politics, and Environment
  • 2022 Fall
    • PAI 775 Energy, Environment and Resources Policy
    • PSC 318 Technology, Politics, and Environment
  • 2022 Spring
    • PAI 772 Science, Technology, and Public Policy
    • PSC 318 Technology, Politics, and Environment

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1966


W. Henry Lambright is professor of political science and public administration and international affairs, and director of the Science and Technology Policy Program of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration.

His research interests include federal decision-making on space technology, environmental policy, trans-boundary issues, national security, the integration of science with policy, ecosystem management, biotechnology, technology transfer and leadership issues. 

Lambright has written scores of articles and has written or edited eight books, including "Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration," "Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA" and "pace Policy in the 21st Century." He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.

Areas of Expertise

Science and technology policy, environmental policy and administration

Research Interests

Science, technology and public policy, environmental policy, executive leadership, bureaucratic politics

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Forging a Climate Change Mission: NASA, Collaboration, and Sea-Level Rise", Sponsored by NASA Shared Services Center.

"Monitoring Climate Change: NASA, Collaboration, and Sea-Level Rise", Sponsored by CUSE Grants - Seed Grant.

"NASA and the Quest for Mars: A History of the Robotic Exploration Program", Sponsored by National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

"Federal Agency Strategies for Incorporating the Public in Decision-making Processes: Case Studies for NASA (Hubble)", Sponsored by National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

"A Strategic Plan for the NASA Glenn Research Center", Sponsored by National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

Selected Publications

  • Books
    • Lambright, W., NASA and Politics of Climate Research: Satellites and Rising Seas. Palgrave, 2023.
    • Lambright, W., Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration. Johns Hopkins, 2014.
    • Lambright, W., Launius, R. D., Pace, S. N., Deibert, R. J., Leib, K. A., Deudney, D. H., VanNijnatten, D. L., Chyba, C. F., Logsdon, J. M. and McCurdy, H. E., Space Policy in the 21st Century. Johns Hopkins, 2003.
    • Lambright, W., Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA. ohns Hopkins, 1995.
    • Lambright, W., Technology and U.S. Competitiveness: An Institutional Focus. Rahm, D. (ed.) Greenwood Press, 1992.
    • Lambright, W., Presidential Management of Science and Technology: The Johnson Presidency. University of Texas Press, 1985.
    • Lambright, W., Doctors, S. I. and Stone, D. C., Educating the Innovative Public Manager. Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain Publishers, Inc., 1981.
    • Lambright, W., Technology Transfer to Cities. Westview Press, 1979.
    • Lambright, W., Governing Science and Technology. Oxford University Press, 1976.
  • Journal Articles
    • Lambright, W., Kim, S. and Ashley, S., "Charting Three Trajectories for Globalizing Public Administration Research and Theory." Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 2021.
    • Lambright, W., "Testing Partnership: Columbia, The Space Station, and Crisis Leadership." Space Policy, 2020.
    • Lambright, W., "Maintaining Momentum: Robert Lightfoot as NASA’s Acting Administrator." Space Policy, 2019.
    • Lambright, W., "Relay Leadership and Long-Term Policy: The Case of Mars." Space Policy, 2017.
    • Lambright, W., "Reflections on Leadership and its Politics: Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, 2009 – 2017." Public Administration Review, 2017.
    • Lambright, W., "Reflections on Leadership: Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency." Public Administration Review, 2016.
    • Lambright, W., "Launching Commercial Space: NASA, Cargo, and Policy Innovation." Space Policy, 2015.
  • Book Chapters
    • Lambright, W., "The Journey to Mars: A Policy History." In The Planning and Execution of Human Missions to the Moon and Mars. Poliskie, M. (ed.) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2023.
    • Lambright, W., "NASA, Big Science, and Mars Exploration: Critical Decisions from Goldin to Bolden." In 50 Years of Solar System Exploration: Historical Perspectives. Billings, L. (ed.) , 2021.
    • Lambright, W., "Building the International Space Station: Leadership, Conflict, and Collaboration." In Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse. Gerard, C., Kriesberg, L. (eds.) Routledge, 2018.
    • Lambright, W., "NASA, Industry, and the Commercial Crew Development Program: The Politics of Partnership." In NASA Spaceflight: A History of Innovation. Launius, R., McCurdy, H. (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
    • Lambright, W., "Report from 2039: The Mars Landing." In Government for the Future. Abramson, M., Chenok, D. and Kamensky, J. (eds.) Routledge, 2018.
    • Lambright, W., "NASA and the Environment: Evolving Relationship." In Societal Impacts of Space. Dick, S. (ed.) NASA, 2016.
    • Lambright, W., "NASA Industry and Commercial Crew." In Seeds of Discovery. Launius, R., McCurdy, H. (eds.) Smithsonian Institution, 2016.
  • Book Reviews
    • Lambright, W., "Review of Picturing the Cosmos: A Visual History of Early Soviet Space Endeavors by Iina Kohonen." ISIS, 2019.
    • Lambright, W., Review of Satellite: Innovation in Orbit and The Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success. , 2017.
    • Lambright, W., O'Gorman, M. J., "U.S. Technology Transfer Policy." Policy Studies Journal, 1994.
    • Lambright, W., "Review of Prometheus Bound: Science in a Dynamic Steady State." Chemical and Engineering News, 1994.
    • Lambright, W., "Review of Science and Technology Advice to the President, Congress and Judiciary." Isis, 1988.
    • Lambright, W., "Review of Tradeoffs: Imperatives of Choice in a High-Tech World." Public Administration Review, 1988.
    • Lambright, W., "Review of Science, Technology, and Public Policy." The American Political Science Review, 1987.
  • Conference Proceedings
    • Lambright, W., Nordenstam, B., Berger, M. and Little, M., "A Framework for Analysis of Transboundary Institutions for Air Pollution Policy in the United States." Adirondacks and Beyond: Understanding Air Quality and Ecosystem Relationships; Environmental Science and Policy, 1998.
    • Lambright, W., "Globalization, Science, and Environment: National Competitiveness and International Cooperation." Proceedings of the Korean Political Science Association, 1994.
    • Lambright, W., Sheenhan, S. E., "The Dynamics of Technology Transfer in Passive Solar Energy." Proceedings of the Technology Transfer Society International Symposium, 1985.
    • Lambright, W., "Applying Earthquake Prediction to Southern California: Preliminary Notes on an Intergovernmental Project." In Third International Earthquake Microzonation Conference Proceedings. University of Washington, 1982.
    • Lambright, W., Weiss, E. B., "Policy Determinants of Weather Modification." Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference on Weather Modification, American Meteorological Society, 1975.
  • Encyclopedia Entries
    • Lambright, W., "James E. Webb." The International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, 2018.
    • Lambright, W., Hafner, T., "Science and Technology Policy." In Encyclopedia of US Political History. CQ Press, 2010.
    • Lambright, W., "Science, Technology, and Public Policy." The International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, 1998.
  • Essay
    • Lambright, W., "Scientists, Truth and Power." Public Administration Review, 2009.
  • Monographs
    • Lambright, W., Sustaining a Distant Vision NASA, Mars, and Relay Leadership. IBM, 2021.
    • Lambright, W., Leadership, Change, and Public-Private Partnerships: A Case Study of NASA and the Transition from Space Shuttle to Commercial Space Flight. IBM , 2016.
    • Lambright, W., Collins, F. and Gates, R., Forging Governmental Change: Lessons from Transformation. IBM, 2012.
    • Lambright, W., Launching a New Mission: Michael Griffin and NASA’s Return to the Moon. IBM, 2009.
    • Lambright, W., Executive Response to Changing Fortune: Sean O’Keefe as NASA Administrator. IBM, 2005.
    • Lambright, W., NASA and the Environment: The Case of Ozone Depletion. NASA, 2005.
    • Lambright, W., Dan Goldin’s Catch-22: Building a U.S.-Russian Space Station. , 2003.
  • Technical Reports
    • Lambright, W., Federal Agency Strategies for Incorporating the Public in Decision-Making. , 2004.
    • Lambright, W., Niagara Falls Transboundary Study. , 1996.
    • Lambright, W., CEES and the Political Construction of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. , 1994.
    • Lambright, W., James E. Webb: An Administrative Biography. , 1993.
    • Lambright, W., Chapman, R. E., The Need for a National Quality Center: An Issue Paper. , 1992.
    • Lambright, W., Olson, R. A., Introducing Seismic Safety Technology to Urban Buildings: The Role of Local Entrepreneurs. , 1992.
    • Lambright, W., "Urban Impacts of Global Warming on the Great Lakes Region: A Reconnaissance." In Precipitation-Cloud Changes and Impacts Program, Part 1. , 1992.

Presentations and Events

Ashley, S., Kim, S., Lambright, W., American Society for Public Administration Conference, "Charting Three Trajectories for Globalizing Public Administration Research and Theory" (2019)

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Conference, "Testing Partnership: NASA, the Space Station, and Disaster Response" (2019)

Lambright, W., Holmes, M., "Creating Public Value in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power World" (September 20, 2012 - September 22, 2012)

Lambright, W., Holmes, M., Conference on Science and Innovation Policy, "Building Government-Industry Capacity for Accelerating Energy Implementation: The Case of Carbon Capture and Sequestration" (September 15, 2011 - September 17, 2011)

NASA, "Leading in Space: 50 Years of NASA Administrators" (October 28, 2008 - October 29, 2008)

Honors and Accolades

Recognition by University for Long-Term Service, Syracuse University (2021)

Best Book in Public Administration/Public Policy, Governing Science & Technology (1976)

Outstanding Senior Award, Johns Hopkins University (1961)