Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs in the public administration and policy department at American University in Washington, D.C. Public management, organization theory, science policy, and financial management are the focus of Professor McCurdy’s teaching and research.
An expert on space policy, he recently completed a second edition of his award-winning Space and the American Imagination as well as a co-edited book on NASA Spaceflight: A History of Innovation. A co-authored book on Robots in Space explores the human-machine debate, while Faster, Better, Cheaper provides a critical analysis of cost-cutting initiatives in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. An earlier study of NASA’s organizational culture by Dr. McCurdy, Inside NASA, won the 1994 Henry Adams prize for that year’s best history on the federal government. Among his other publications are books on public administration, the space station decision, and the myth of presidential leadership. He is often consulted by the media on public policy issues and has appeared on national news outlets such as the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, and NBC Nightly News.
Ph.D. Cornell University
M.A. University of Washington
B.A. Univeristy of Washington
American Lives in an Age of Privacy (A Manuscript)
American Lives in an Age of Privacy, a historical biography that recalls events experienced by seven generations of the author’s family, shows how people from the past used privacy to reinvent themselves and transform their lives. (2014, 2017)