Dr Joseph Bassi

Subject: History and Philosophy of Science

Department/institution: Independent scholar

Contact details: jpbassi@utep.edu

From September 2019 - March 2020


Research Interests

Joseph P. (Joe) Bassi is an adjunct (online) lecturer at the University of Texas/El Paso in National Security Studies. He specializes in teaching the history of modern US science, space sciences, and national security issues. During his PhD programme at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr Bassi was an Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation National Science Foundation IGERT Public Policy and Nuclear Threats research fellow at University of California, San Diego and also was a Guggenheim pre-doctoral fellow in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.  From 2010 until May 2017 and his retirement, he was an assistant professor of arts and science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide. His 2015 book, A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science, recently was selected as one of the best books in atmospheric sciences for 2015 (History category) by Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International.

A retired US Air Force officer with twenty-six years active duty, he at various points in his military career served six years as a Professor of Strategic Studies at a DOD college, Headquarters US Air Force Action Officer and Program Element Manager, Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Guam), Chief of the Acquisition Meteorology Office at Air Force Space Systems Division, and Assistant Professor of Physics at the USAF Academy.  After retirement from active service, Dr Bassi served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while working for the Aerospace Corporation. In addition to the PhD, he has graduate degrees in Meteorology from Penn State, Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and History from the George Washington University. While at GWU, he was a NASA Space Grant Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute, Elliot School of International Affairs. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a BS in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.