About Professor Saadia M. Pekkanen
Saadia M. Pekkanen works on outer space security, governance, and policy. Her regional expertise is in the international relations of Japan/Asia. Her education includes Master's degrees from Columbia University and Yale Law School, and a doctorate from Harvard University in political science. Her administrative responsibilities at the University of Washington include Associate Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and Founding Director of the Jackson School Ph.D. Program. She holds the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professorship. In addition to these appointments in the Jackson School, she is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. Among her half-dozen books, she is the author of Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan (Stanford University Press, 2003); co-author of In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy (Stanford University Press, 2010); co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (Oxford University Press, 2014); and editor of Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order (Cornell University Press, 2016). In partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, she serves as Co-Chair of the U.S. Japan Space Forum, and also directs the Space Security Initiative at the University of Washington. She is a contributor for Forbes on her space-related research themes.