Larry F. Martinez, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science at the California State University at Long Beach. Since successfully demonstrating electronics and Morse Code competence at age 14 to earn an amateur radio license, he has combined his passions for technology, international relations, and communication into a career focused on exploring the factors shaping international governance of the technology-created realms of cyberspace and outer space.
Deeply bitten by the foreign travel bug as a teenager, Dr. Martinez was an American Field Service high school exchange student in Cali, Colombia. As an undergraduate, he participated in the University of California’s year-long German Education Abroad Program at the University of Göttingen, and later studied at the University of Tübingen in Germany towards his M.A. As a Ph.D. student, he was awarded a yearlong fellowship to the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, followed by a DAAD fellowship to the Institute of Air and Space Law at the University of Cologne. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984 with a dissertation and book analyzing the international politics of communication satellites in the geostationary orbit.
Dr. Martinez then spent three years in Washington, DC working on international satellite regulatory policy in the federal government. In 1985, he joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he participated in developing the “rules of the road” for the first private international satellite networks. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s team licensing the first commercial space launches by private rocket firms.
He joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the California State University, Long Beach in 1988, where he teaches courses in international relations and law, and researches the growing confluence of cybersecurity issues affecting both outer space and cyberspace law and policy.
Since 1992, Martinez has served as the Faculty Director of the CSU Long Beach Model United Nations Program, organizing student delegations to conferences in the U.S., Kazakhstan, Dubai, Singapore, Germany, and Canada. In 1998-99, Martinez was a Fulbright Senior Research fellow at the Center of Technology Assessment in Stuttgart, Germany. The Fulbright-sponsored research into technology policy resulted in a series of publications including “Is There Space for the UN? Trends in Outer Space and Cyberspace Regime Evolution,” in Perspectives Online Journal published by the European Space Policy Institute (www.espi.or.at), an examination of what is happening to outer space governance as space communications becomes a cyberwar battlefield for global power in the 21st Century.
In 2016, he was invited by the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs to participate at the UN High Level Forum in Dubai examining how outer space may contribute to sustainable development. He has lectured on cyberspace policy and governance in Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, and Ecuador. In 2007, Dr. Martinez was a Cuesta College Honored Alumnus of the Year.