I am a historian of oil, U.S. foreign relations, and the modern Middle East and Iran. My work explores the connections between the formation of a global oil economy, the geopolitics of the Cold War, the international development movement, and the rise of Iran as a "petro-state" under the rule of Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. I received my doctorate from Georgetown University in June 2018. From September 2018 to August 2020 I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. In 2020 I served as deputy managing editor at Texas National Security Review, a quarterly journal publishing interdisciplinary research in security studies, political science, international relations, and history, in partnership with War on the Rocks.
My current project, Petroleum & Progress, is a book-length study on how global oil and local development influenced U.S. relations with Pahlavi Iran and facilitated the shah's consolidation of power. The book draws on fifteen archives and utilizes documents in English, French, and Farsi.
I am co-writing a second book, Oil and the Cold War: the Iran Crisis of 1951-1954 with David S. Painter of Georgetown University.
In addition to my scholarly activities, I comment on contemporary issues of history, energy and security for Responsible Statecraft, War on the Rocks, The Fuse, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and The National Interest.
Find me @gbrew24