Dr. Logsdon is Professor Emeritus at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to his leaving active faculty status in June 2008, he was on the faculty of the George Washington University for 38 years; before that he taught at the Catholic University of America for four years. He was the founder in 1987 and long-time Director of GW’s Space Policy Institute. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University.
Dr. Logsdon’s research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities. His book "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon" was named the 2011 winner of the Gardner Lasser Aerospace History Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and co-winner of Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award of the American Astronautical Society.
His 2015 book "After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program" was selected as the 2017 recipient of the AIAA Gardner-Lasser award. His account of civilian space decisions during the Reagan administration, titled "Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier," was published in December 2018. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics compilation "The Penguin History of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Space Exploration," published in September 2018.
Dr. Logsdon is also the general editor of the seven-volume series "Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program." He has written numerous articles and reports on space policy and history. He is also on the editorial boards of the journals Space Policy, New Space, and Astropolitics.