Laura Delgado López is the new Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of the Journal of Space Policy, published by Elsevier.  She succeeds Jill Stuart, who is transitioning to become the publication’s social media editor.  The change was effective on October 1.

Laura Delgado López. Photo credit: Delgado’s LinkedIn webpage.

Delgado is a 2011 graduate of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University (GWU) and a published author in the Journal and elsewhere.  Her 2011 essay “When Inspiration Fails to Inspire: A Change of Strategy for the U.S. Space Program” won the Maxim Tarasenko competition sponsored by the Journal and the Secure World Foundation and was published in the May 2011 issue of the Journal.

Earth observations, space security, and international space programs (especially in Latin America) are among the focuses of her research.  Her most recent publications include “Beyond the Moon Agreement: Norms of Responsible Behavior for Private Sector Activities on the Moon and Celestial Bodies” (Space Policy, August 2015) and a chapter on U.S. cooperation with Latin America in the International Academy of Astronautics’ March 2017 report “Global Perspectives on Regional Cooperation in Space: Policies, Governance and Legal Tools.”  Delgado also authored many news stories here on from 2009-2015 and has published in Astropolitics, Space Times, Apogeo Spatial, and Space Safety Magazine.

Delgado is currently commercial partnerships and international strategic account manager for Harris Corporation Space & Intelligence Systems.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Astronautical Society.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and her M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy with a focus on space policy from GWU.  She was a 2009 Truman Scholar and a 2009-2010 Northrop Grumman Fellow at GWU’s Space Policy Institute.  Before joining Harris, she worked for the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the Secure World Foundation.

Delgado succeeds Stuart, who was EIC  from 2012-2017, and Frances Brown, who was EIC from 1987-2012.

The peer-reviewed Journal is published quarterly by Elsevier and is available electronically through Science Direct.

Editor’s Note:  Laura and I have worked together since she was an undergraduate intern at the Space Studies Board when I was Director, through her volunteer work as a correspondent for 6 years, and now as Editor-in-Chief of Space Policy (where I am the North American Editor).  We in the space policy community are fortunate to have her take the helm just at a time when attention to space policy and law is growing rapidly.  Jill’s transition to social media editor will serve the Journal well, expanding its reach to new audiences.  These are very positive changes that will help ensure that Space Policy remains the premier peer-reviewed journal in the field.

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