Wayne State University

Dr. Patricia K. McCormick

Patricia

Biography

Patricia K. McCormick, an Associate Professor,  holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.  She also holds an M.A. in African Studies from Howard University and a B.A. in African Studies and Geography from the University of Michigan.  Her previous research focused on the dynamics of institutional reform in the telecommunications sector, principally in Africa and the Caribbean.  She has conducted field work in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana, Mozambique and Kenya.  She has also examined the impact of private sector participation in the International Telecommunication Union and the institutional restructuring of international satellite organisations.

Dr. McCormick is the co-editor and contributor  to the book, The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations  Policy and Legal Perspectives.  Conceptually, her research is interdisciplinary in nature, viewing the telecommunication and space sectors as integrated within a broader economic and political context at both the national and international levels. Her present research examines issues related to space policy, specifically space debris and space situational awareness.  She conducted research related to the space environment at NASA's Space Debris Office in the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center; and she published "Space Debris: Conjunction Opportunities and Opportunities for International Cooperation," in Science and Public Policy in December 2013.  An article pertaining to Europe and Space Situational Awareness, based on research conducted at the European Space Agency, is forthcoming in Astropolitics The International Journal of Space Policy and Politics.  She is currently examining Japanese space policies.  In addition to numerous conference presentations, she has published referred articles in such esteemed journals as Science and Public Policy, Telecommunications Policy, and Gazette the International Journal for Communications Studies.  She is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

Academic Interests

  • Space Policy
  • Political Economy
  • Satellite Industry
  • Global Governance of Telecommunications and Space 
  • "Third World" Development Issues

Area of Expertise

Telecommunications and space policy.

Degrees and Certifications

Ph.D., Michigan State University.

M.A., Michigan State University.

M.A., Howard University.

B.A., University of Michigan.

Primary Research Interest

Space policy issues; global governance and institutions that oversee space and telecommunications.

Recent Publications

“Space Situational Awareness in Europe: The Fractures and the Federative Aspects of European Space Efforts,”  Astropolitics  The International Journal of Space Politics and Policy, forthcoming 2015.

“Space Debris: Conjunction Opportunities and Opportunities for International Cooperation,” Science and Public Policy 40, No. 6 (December 2013): 801-813, first published on-line at http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/ on April 22, 2013 (doi:10.1093/scipol/sct028).

Co-editor with Maury J. Mechanick, eds. The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives. Studies in Space Law, 9. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2013). 

“Neo-Liberalism: A Contextual Framework for Assessing the Privatisation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations.” The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives. Studies in Space Law, 9. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2013): 1-35.

, with David Sagar, “Inmarsat: In the Forefront of Mobile Satellite Communications.” The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives. Studies in Space Law, 9. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2013): 35-79.

“Intelsat: Pre and Post-Private Equity Ownership.” The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations Policy and Legal Perspectives. Studies in Space Law, 9. (Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV, 2013):  81-117.

“The Demise of Intergovernmental Satellite Organizations: A Comparative Study of Inmarsat and Intelsat,” Journal of International Communication 14, No. 2 (2008): 48-65.

 “The Privatization of INTELSAT: The Transition from an Intergovernmental Organization to Private Equity Ownership.” Telecommunications Research Trends. Eds. H. Ulrich and E. Lehrmann. (New York: NOVA Science Publishers, Inc., 2008): 45-74.

“Private Sector Influence in the International Telecommunication Union,” info: the journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information, and media 9, No. 4 (July 2007): 70-80.

“The African Telecommunications Union: A Pan-African Approach to Telecommunications Reform,” Telecommunications Policy 29, No. 7 (August 2005): 529-548.

“Telecommunications Reform in Southern Africa:  The Role of SADC,” Telecommunications Policy 27, No. 2 (February/March 2003): 95-108.

 

 

Responsibilities

Courses recently taught:

  • COM 1500 Survey of Mass Communication
  • COM 5010 History of Communication Technologies
  • COM 5520 International Communications
  • COM 5510 Societal Affects of New Technologies
  • COM 5480 Special Topics in Public Media Studies and Practices
  • COM 7000 Introduction to M.A. Studies in Communication
  • COM 7540 Mass Communications and Developing Countries
  • COM 7530 Critical Mass Communication Theory