Professor Thor Hogan’s book offers behind-the-scenes look at NASA’s earth science research program
November 06, 2019
Thor Hogan, associate professor of politics and environmental sustainability at Earlham College, is the co-author of a new book about the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mission to Planet Earth/Earth Observing System initiative.
The University Press of Kansas recently published The View from Space: NASA’s Evolving Struggle to Understand Our Home Planet. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how and why NASA managed to make an aggressive earth science research program part of the national agenda.
Richard B. Leshner, the vice president of government and regulatory affairs at Planet Labs, Inc., in Washington, DC, is also a co-author of the book.
This is Hogan’s third book. In 2018, Johns Hopkins University Press published his book Hydrocarbon Nation: How Energy Security Made Our Nation Great and Climate Security Will Save Us. In 2007, his first book, Mars Wars: The Rise and Fall of the Space Exploration Initiative, was published in the NASA History Series and earned the AIAA History Manuscript Award.
Hogan has taught nearly a dozen different courses related to U.S. politics and environmental sustainability. He also leads an off-campus excursion to Europe where students explore cities that are leaders in finding urban-oriented solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
A sampling of Hogan’s courses includes “Political Parties and Elections,” “American Presidency,” “The American Empire – Are We Rome?” “Climate and Energy Policy,” “Urban Policy and Planning,” and “Sustainable Cities in Europe.”
Hogan is a regular contributor to the Washington Post’s Opinions section. His recent op-eds focus on the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment, and the state of the U.S. economy.
Before arriving at Earlham, Hogan was formerly director of the Space Policy Project at the RAND Corporation’s Science and Technology Policy Institute.
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