William D. Kay

Areas of Study

Public Policy and Administration, Organization Theory, Science and Technology Policy

Selected Publications


  • 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 Professional Activities

  • Presentation, “The ‘Proper’ Role of Government in Space Exploration,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration/National Air and Space Museum Workshop on Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight, Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Conference Center, Washington, DC, March 2005.
  • President, American Political Science Association Organized Section on Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics, 1995-2000
  • Moderator, “Commercial Space Policies of the 1980s: A Retrospective Examination,” Oral History Forum, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC, November 1, 1999
  • 1997 NASA Budget Authorization, testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, 104th Congress, 2nd session, Washington, DC, April 17, 1996
  • Invited Participant, Workshop on Fusion Energy Policy, U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Washington, DC, June 8, 1994



  • POLS 1000- Political Science at Northeastern
  • POLS 2334- Bureaucracy and Public Organizations
  • POLS 2340- Business-Government Relations
  • POLS 2390- Science, Technology, and Public Policy
  • POLS 3307- Public Policy and Administration
  • POLS 4701- Political Science Senior Capstone: Politics and the Arts


  • POLS 7200- Perspectives on Social Science Inquiry
  • POLS 7302- Organizational Theory and Management
  • POLS 7319- Business/Government Relations
  • POLS 7327- Comparative Public Policy and Administration
  • POLS 7333- Science, Technology, and Public Policy