(John Glenn, 1962. Credit: NASA)

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Dominique M. Awis

As a historian of spaceflight, my job is to research and write about spaceflight as a policy issue and apply the latest, cutting-edge methods in political science to spaceflight history.


Charleston, SC


University of Illinois – Sprinfield, IL — Masters in Political Science


1st year graduate


College of Charleston, Chas., SCBA in Political Science

JANUARY 2011 – MAY 2015

GPA 3.11/4.0; Major 3.50/4.0

Capstone: “Attention and Spending: NASA and Manned Spaceflight”


Richard Milburn Academy, Ft. Myers, FL — High School Diploma

JUNE 2007




Historian of Spaceflight, Freelance, Chas., SC — Twitter, WordPress, Papers under review at Space Policy Journal

JAN 2015 – PRESENT 2017

Sharing cutting political theory and applying to spaceflight as policy issue, sharing news, writing op-eds, history, short stories, sharing programming code

Reviewing literature, research writing, designing measurements, collecting data, applying statistics such as frequency distribution, various regression techniques, and text modeling for analysis and plotting.   (10-35 hrs./wk.)


Parallegal, Feeley Law, Chas., SC Supervisor: Charles M. Feeley, Esq.

DEC 2015 – JULY 2016

Delegated task of assisting title searches by compiling state and county property records such as ownership history, liens, payment and tax information, and other court records.   (10-25 hrs/wk.)


Undergraduate Research Assistant, College of Charleston, Chas., SC Advisor: Dr. George Chartas

APRIL 2013 – NOVEMBER 2013

Collecting data using NASA’s Chandra Data Archive, pre-processing data using IDL programming code, analyzing data using CIAO software.   (7-20 hrs./wk.)




NASA Budget Distribution: Incrementalism or Punctuated Equilibrium Theory, Under Review

This article will attempt to study NASA’s budget as a distribution to investigate changes in NASA’s budget from the years 1957-2014 using cutting-edge theories in political science. Understanding NASA’s budget changes are the crucial first step in understanding how NASA’s budget may change and proponents of NASA might find whether NASA’s budget has been incremental or show punctuations very useful. This paper will use kurtosis mathematical methods and Robinson (2007) calculations for budget changes.



Investigating the Congressional Organizational Agents of Spaceflight During the Apollo Era, Under Review

Using Policy Agendas Project coding data and Congressional hearing data, I am modeling the organizations that arise at Congressional NASA and spaceflight hearings during the Apollo Era, 1957-1969.  The purpose of the project is to find out what agents have influenced Congress during the period that would end up sending man to the Moon.  History suggests this was a very nationally defensive period in spaceflight and it will be important to chart whom Congress has spoken to on spaceflight as a policy issue and where Congress gets its information used when making decisions.



  • Organizational skills and problem solving
  • Collaboration, teamwork, co-authorship
  • Accounting and financial planning
  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, LaTeX, R, SPSS, keyboarding 60+ wpm
  • Basic statistical analysis and advanced graphs, some advanced analysis
  • Utilizing data from ANES, GSS, NASA HQ Collection, Pew, Policy Agendas Project, ProQuest Congressional and NY Times archives


Presenter April 2015            Moore Student Research Conference. “Regime Typology and Personal Efficacy.” College of Charleston, Chas., SC.



Political Science Club

Society of Physics Students

Green CofC



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