• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • NYU Shanghai, Social Sciences--International Relations Track, '18
  • Host Institution: Space Angels

Luc Riesbeck received a B.A. in Social Sciences with a minor in Global China Studies (2018) from NYU Shanghai, a member of the second class of students at the institution. Founded in 2013, NYU Shanghai is the first joint Sino-U.S. higher education venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the U.S. as well as China. Luc's area of professional expertise is international diplomatic relations and policy-making concerning cooperation in aerospace and aviation. During her undergraduate tenure in Shanghai Luc cultivated a targeted interest in U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations in science and technology policy, and completed a senior capstone project examining the effects of China's expanding space activities on international aerospace operational norms. 

Prior to graduation, Luc spent a summer as an Policy Intern at the Office of International and Interagency Relations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She worked directly with NASA program and project offices to draft cooperative international legislation, coordinate their approval within NASA, the State Department, and other U.S. Government agencies, and negotiate them with NASA's foreign partners. She is currently seeking graduate programs to further her research on space policy, inter-governmental science and technological policy, and aerospace infrastructure investment.  

Luc is also engaged in conversations about global social and economic injustices. At NYU Shanghai she spent two years as Chair of Ally Week, an annual week of educational programs, events, and outreach programs that focus on the importance of engagement in difficult conversations relating to diversity, inclusion, and free speech on college campuses. Her writing and activism in this area has included initiatives relating to LGBTQ+ activism, Black Lives Matter, antifascist movements, and fighting online harassment. She hopes to be a part of the global movement for equal representation, opportunity, and pay, in STEM fields and beyond.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Luc will work at Space Angels.