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. I am currently a Kissinger Visiting Scholar at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.
My current project, Petroleum & Progress in Iran: Oil, Development and the Cold War, 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. It is forthcoming Fall 2022.
My second book, The Struggle for Iran: Oil, Autocracy, and the Cold War, 1951-1954 with David S. Painter of Georgetown University, is available for pre-order and will be out January 2023.
I comment on contemporary issues of history, energy and security for outlets that include War on the Rocks, The Fuse, The Washington Post, The Conversation, and The National Interest.
Find me on Twitter: @gbrew24