Progressive and Multicultural Visions of Space Exploration
Edited by James S.J. Schwartz, Linda Billings, and Erika Nesvold
James S.J. Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wichita State University. They are a leading researcher of the philosophy and ethics of space exploration. Their most recent book is The Value of Science in Space Exploration (Oxford University Press, April 2020).
Linda Billings is a consultant to NASA's astrobiology and planetary defense programs in the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She is also Director of Communications for the Center for Integrative STEM Education at the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.
Erika Nesvold is an astrophysicist and developer for the Universe Sandbox, a gravity simulation. She is the creator and producer of a thirteen-part podcast series called Making New Worlds, which discusses ethical issues in space settlement. In 2018, she co-founded the JustSpace Alliance, a non-profit organization with a mission to create a more inclusive and ethical future in space.
Mukesh Chiman Bhatt is a Kenyan polymath physicist, linguist, and space lawyer of Indian descent living in the United Kingdom.
Linda Billings is a consultant to NASA's astrobiology and planetary defense programs in the Planetary Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Capper is a professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches Asian religions, comparative religions, and research methods.
Octavio A. Chon Torres is a professor at Universidad de Lima and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is a doctoral candidate in education at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. President of the Astrobiology Peruvian Association.
Edward C. Davis IV is a historical linguistic anthropologist, former tenured professor, and teacher at Southland College Prep High School in Richton Park, Illinois.
Kathryn Denning is a Canadian anthropologist and archaeologist at York University, Toronto.
Francesca Ferrando teaches philosophy at NYU-Liberal Studies, New York University.
Lori Garver is the founder and CEO of Earthrise Alliance, a philanthropy that creates meaningful earth science content from satellite data to address climate change.
Alice Gorman is an internationally recognized leader in the field of space archaeology and author of the award-winning book Dr Space Junk vs the Universe: Archaeology and the Future (MIT Press, 2019).
Chelsea Haramia is an associate professor of philosophy at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
Evie Kendal is a bioethicist and public health researcher at the Department of Health Sciences and Biostatistics, Swinburne University of Technology.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Lady Astronaut Universe historical fantasy novels, the Glamourist Histories series, and Ghost Talkers.
William R. Kramer was a consultant to the U.S. Navy for over a decade on environmental issues; taught bioethics and biology at Hawaii Pacific University; worked at HDR, Inc. as their extraterrestrial environmental analyst; and now lectures on futures studies, bioethics, and environmental ethics at the International Space University.
Ingrid LaFleur is a curator, artist, afrofuture theorist, pleasure activist, and founder of The Afrofuture Strategies Institute (TASI).
William Lempert is an assistant professor of anthropology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
Alan Marshall is a specialist in both the global history of technology and the long-term future global impact of technology, receiving his doctorate in these topics from the University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia) in 1999.
Tanja Masson-Zwaan is an assistant professor and deputy director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, and president emerita of the International Institute of Space Law.
Tony Milligan is senior researcher in the philosophy of ethics with the Cosmological Visionaries project, based out of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London.
Prathima Muniyappa is a designer, conservator, and a research assistant for the Space Enabled research group.
Erika Nesvold has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland and has performed computational astrophysics research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Carnegie Institution for Science, NASA Ames, and SETI.
Jacque Njeri is a multi-disciplinary design creative cum visual artist whose work addresses culture, feminism, and female empowerment through projected extraterrestrial realities.
Andrea Owe is a Norwegian environmental moral philosopher working in the domain of catastrophic risk and future studies.
Daniela de Paulis is a former contemporary dancer, a licensed radio operator, and a media artist exhibiting internationally.
David Colby Reed is a systems designer, educator, and technologist, as well as a Ph.D. student at MIT's Media Lab, where he's a member of the Space Enabled research group and a co-founder of the Space Governance Collaborative.
Ruvimbo Samanga is a lawyer specializing in commercial law and exploring creative synergies between her expertise and chosen interests in human rights, space law, and international law.
James S.J. Schwartz is an assistant professor of philosophy at Wichita State University, where they research and teach courses on a variety of issues related to the ethics of space exploration.
Vandana Singh is an Indian science fiction writer inhabiting the Boston area, where she is a professor of physics and environment at Framingham State University.
Saskia Vermeylen is reader in law at the university of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She works as a legal theorist in the area of property frontiers and has a specific interest in outer space law.
Janet de Vigne is an academic, actor, and singer working at the University of Edinburgh in the field of language education.
Deana Weibel is a professor of anthropology at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and teaches in GVSU's Religious Studies program.
Sheri Wells-Jensen is an associate professor in the Department of English at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Danielle Wood serves as an assistant professor in the Program in Media Arts & Sciences and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.