William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science
education Ph.D., 1987, Political Science
Indiana University
Mailing address 360C RP
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Selected Publications


The Politics of Star Trek. Durham, NH: University Press of New England, 2012.

Defining NASA: The Historical Debate Over the Agency’s Mission. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Can Democracies Fly in Space? The Challenge of Revitalizing the U.S. Space Program. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1995


“A Message to YOU, the Designers and Your Audience.” Main essay in Exhibition Catalog, WE THE DESIGNERS: Reframing Political Issues in the Obama Era, Graphics Design Exhibition, Northeastern University, September 29- December 15, 2011

“Reinventing Oversight in the Twenty-first Century: The Question of Capacity.” Journal of Nanoparticle Research 13:4 (February 2011), pp. 1435-1448 (co-authored with Christopher Bosso and Rob A. DeLeo)

“The National Nanotechnology Initiative and the Social Good” Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 34:4 (Winter 2006), pp. 675-681 (co-authored with Ronald Sandler)

“Intelligent Design: Between Science, Religion, and Politics.” Boston Theological Institute Bulletin 5:2 (Spring 2006), pp. 14-20

“The GMO-nanotech (dis)analogy?” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 26:1 (2006), pp. 57-62 (co-authored with R. Sandler)

Selected Honors & Awards

Listed in Space Future’s Who’s Who

Scholar in Residence, National Aeronautics and Space Administration History Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 1993

Fulbright Research/Lecture Award, University of Iceland, 1992

Frances Diebold Award (outstanding support of student activities), Kalamazoo College, 1987