W. Henry Lambright

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs and Political Science


Contact Information

413 Maxwell Hall
(315) 443-3308

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute


Ph.D., Columbia University, 1966


Science and technology policy, environmental policy and administration


Energy, Environment, and Resources Policy (graduate)
Science, Technology and Policy (graduate)
Technology, Politics, and the Environment (undergraduate) 


W. Henry Lambright is professor of political science and public administration 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 Space Policy in the 21st Century. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1966.


Book, Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration, 2014.

Book, Space Policy in the 21st Century, 2002.

Book, Powering Apollo: James E. Webb of NASA, 1995.

Monograp, "Managing ‘Big Science’: A Case Study of the Human Genome Project" (Washington, D.C.: PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government, 2002).

Article, “North American Smog: Science Policy Linkages Across Multiple Boundaries,” Canadian-American Public Policy (April 2001).

Chapter in Book, “The Battle to Destroy Chemical Weapons,” in, V. Franke Ed., Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management (Westpoint, Connecticut: Praeger, 2002).

Research Interests

Science, technology and public policy
Environmental policy
Executive leadership
Bureaucratic politics 

Research Projects

NSF, “Transforming NASA: Space Technology in the Goldin Years”

NASA, “NASA and the Environment: The Case of Ozone Depletion”

Center for Environmental Policy and Administration / National Security Program of Maxwell School, “Deploying a U.S.-Russian Space Station: Dan Goldin’s Catch-22”

IBM, “Managing Big Science: The Challenge of Coordination”