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Christina Richey

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-506

Pasadena, CA 91109

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Dr. Christina R. Richey is the Program Manager for Research and Technology Development in the Office of Research & Development (ORD) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior to joining ORD, Christina was the Program Manager of the Planetary Science Research and Analysis Office. Dr. Richey provides guidance on the proposal process for the section and division, and trains researchers within the community on best practices for proposal submission and review (including being the PI of a NASA award for proposal writing workshops). Dr. Richey is also a consultant for the Europa Clipper Mission.

In addition to their scientific activities, Dr. Richey has held several leadership positions and has actively engaged in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility activities, focusing on mitigating bias in the review process, workplace climate surveys, and advocating for safe and inclusive workplace environments. Christina has been awarded a Special Service Award at NASA HQ (2014) for their work within the Planetary Science community, as well as a NASA Group Achievement Award in 2020. Dr. Richey was honored with the AAS DPS Meritorious Career Service Award, the Harold Masursky Award in 2015. Dr. Richey was designated a Legacy Fellow by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in 2019.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Physics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Dissertation Title: Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of Ices Under Conditions Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Environments

Master of Science, Physics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Bachelor of Science, Physics, Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA 2/2018 – Present
Program Manager, Research & Technology Development Office
Program Manager, Planetary Science Research & Analysis Office
Proposal Technologist, Astrophysics and Space Science Section
Project Staff Scientist & Consultant for the Europa Clipper Mission

ASRC Federal & NASA HQ, Washington, DC 2/2013 – 02/2018
Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Division
Deputy Science Advisor for Research & Analysis, Science Mission Directorate

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Columbia, MD 8/2011 – 2/2013
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

Community Service

  • Member, American Astronomical Society Site Oversight Team, (2019-present)
  • Past Chair (previously Founding co-Chair), Planetary Science Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group (2019-present)
  • Member, Hubble Space Telescope Anonymizing Proposal Review Working Group (2017-18)
  • Co-Chair, AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Professional Culture and Climate Subcommittee (2016-17)
  • Member, NASA Headquarters Working Group on Implicit Bias in Peer Review (2016-18)
  • Member, Wheeling Jesuit University Alumni Council (2015–2018)
  • Chair, AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy; Crisis Comms Team for AAS (2015-17)
  • Member, AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (2013-15, 2017-present)
  • Member, NASA GSFC Women in Astrophysics Roundtable Steering Committee (2012-13)
  • President, NASA Goddard Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (2012-13)
  • Member, AAS Division for Planetary Sciences Federal Relations Subcommittee (2010-13)
  • Vice President and Board Member, UAB Chapter, Scientists for Engineers for America (2010-11)

Research Interests

Science Policy, Administrative, Grant Development & Management, Diversity and Inclusion Practices, Icy Satellites, Laboratory Astrophysics.

Selected Awards

  • NASA JPL Team Award, 394 Listening Sessions (2021)
  • NASA Goddard Special Act Team Award, Inclusive Astronomy Roundtable (2021)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, HST Dual Anonymous WG (2020)
  • American Astronomical Society Legacy Fellow (2019)
  • California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Voyager Award (2019)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, OSIRIS-REx EGA Team (2018)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, OSIRIS-REx Launch Team (2017)
  • UAB Rising Star Alumni Award (2017)
  • UAB College of Arts & Sciences Trailblazing Alumni of the Year Award (2016)
  • Asteroid (151835)Christinarichey(2016)
  • Youngest ever recipient of the Harold Masursky Award for Career Meritorious Service in Planetary Sciences (2015)
  • Wheeling Jesuit University Distinguished Alumni Scholar in Residence (2015)
  • Wheeling Jesuit University James O’Brien Alumni Award (2015)
  • NASA Headquarters Special Service Award (2014)
  • Outstanding Service to the Department & Community Award from the UAB Dept. of Physics (2011)

Selected Publications

Richey, C.R., Lee, K.M.N., Rodgers, E.M., & Clancy, K.B.H., Sexual and gender minorities in astronomy and planetary science face increased risks of harassment and assault, Bulletin of Am. Astronomical Society,, (2019).

Clancy, K.B.H., Lee, K.M.N., Rodgers, E.M., & Richey, C.R., Double jeopardy in astronomy & planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered & racial harassment, J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 112, doi:10.1002/2017/JE005256 (2017).

Burleigh, M.R., Richey, C.R., Rinehart, S.A., Quijada, M.A., & Wollack, E.J., Spectrometer baseline control via spatial filtering, Applied Optics 55, 29, 8201-8206 (2016).

Richey, C.R., Rinehart, S.A., Kinzer, R.E., Cataldo, G., Wollack, E., Nuth, J., Benford, D., Silverberg, R., Optical Properties of Iron Silicates in the Infrared to Millimeter as a Function of Wavelength & Temperature, Astrophysical Journal 770, 46 (2013).

Richey, C.R., Gerakines, P.A., Near-Infrared Band Strengths of Molecules Diluted in N2 & H2O Ice Mixtures Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Ices, Astrophysical Journal, 759, 74 (2012).

Gerakines, P.A., Bray, J.J., Davis, A., Richey, C.R., The Strengths of Near- Infrared Absorption Features Relevant to Interstellar & Planetary Ices, Astrophysical Journal 620, 1140 (2005).