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

Luc Riesbeck (they/them) received a B.A. in Social Sciences on an International Relations Track, with a minor in Global China Studies (2018) from NYU Shanghai, as 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 in policy-making concerning international and public-private cooperation in aerospace. During their undergraduate tenure in Shanghai, they 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. They 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.

Luc is also engaged in conversations about global social and economic injustices. At NYU Shanghai they spent two years as Chair of Ally Week, an annual week of educational programs, events, and outreach programs focused on the importance of engagement in difficult conversations relating to diversity, inclusion, and free speech on college campuses. Their writing and activism in this area has included initiatives relating to LGBTQ+ activism, Black Lives Matter, antifascist movements, and fighting online harassment. Luc 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 was based at Space Angels in New York City, the leading source of capital for early-stage commercial space ventures. At Space Angels they served as the resident "policy guru;" consulting on aerospace policy and regulation as it pertains to potential investments, conducting policy, budget and legislative research, and reporting on emerging policy and regulatory changes relating to investment portfolio companies. As part of their internship, Luc produced a 20+ page policy research report for the Space Angels team entitled "The Entrepreneurial Space Age: a New Paradigm in the Final Frontier." 

In August they will enter into the Master of International Science and Technology Policy program at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. At GWU, Luc will focus their courses at the Space Policy Institute, furthering their research on the commercialization of space, inter-governmental science and technological policy, and aerospace infrastructure investment.