Dr Kathryn Robison Hasani


College of Business, Government and Law

place Bedford Park (332)

Dr Kathryn Robison Hasani is a lecturer and the coordinator for the MPP/MPA courses at the College of Business, Government and Law. She is a political scientist specialising in the role of political communication in the formation and dissemination of space policy at both the domestic and international level. Dr Robison also has expertise in the areas of political behaviour, public opinion, and science communication.

She is a research affiliate of the Space Power and Policy Applied Research Consortium (SPPARC) and is also a member of the Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security & Governance. Prior to joining the College, Dr Robison taught courses in political science and humanties across several institutions in the United States and is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her current research interests include public opinion on government spending on space, legislative processes which affect national and international space policies, and equitable and just access to space and space resources. She is one of only a handful of political scientists in Australia specialising in space policy.

Dr Robison is also passionate about mentoring and giving back to her community. She is an active volunteer in the space sector and currently serves as the Vice Chair of Career Development for the International Astronautical Federation’s (IAF) Workforce Development/Young Professionals Programme Committee and is a member of their Space Education and Outreach Committee. Dr Robison previously worked with the Space Generation Advisory Council as a member of its Executive Committee and is also part of the UN’s Space4Women Network, the Launchpad Mentorship Programme at IAF, and was nominated by NASA to receive recognition as an IAF Young Space Leader in 2021. She is also a regular contributor to the Talking Space podcast.


The University of Alabama
PhD in Political Science
Dissertation: Making the Case for Space: Employing political communication to set domestic and international policy
Major field: American Politics
Minor fields: International Relations and Communication
MA in Political Science

Youngstown State University
MA in American Studies

The University of Arizona
BA in Anthropology & Near Eastern Studies (dual degree)
magna cum laude

Honours, awards and grants

Selected Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

  •   Young Space Leader Award, International Astronautical Federation, 2021
  •   The University of Alabama Graduate Council Fellowship, 2019 - 2020 Academic Year
  •   2015-2017 Fellow, Sinai and Synapses Fellowship, CLAL, New York, NY
  •   Critical Language Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, 2015
  •   Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, University of Arizona, 2009
Key responsibilities

Course Coordinator for the Master's of Public Policy and the Master's of Public Administration

Teaching interests

Office Hours are every Tuesday from 1-2pm in SSS, Room 332. Feel free to stop by then or email to arrange a time to chat.

Topic coordinator
GOVT8011 Policy Design
GOVT2001 Nationalism, Populism, and Democracy
INTR3101 Global Inequality
Supervisory interests
American politics and political science
American society and political issues
International relations
Politics, voting and political behaviour/public opinion
Expert for media contact
United States of America
American Politics
Public Opinion
Space Exploration
Space Policy
US Elections
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • United States of America
  • American Politics
  • Public Opinion
  • Space Exploration
  • Space Policy
  • US Elections