Reader in US National Security
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Dr. Christopher R. Moran, FRHistS
I was educated in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, where I had the great pleasure of being taught by two inspirational teachers of history and politics, Andy Fisher and Dean Rust. I received my first degree (BA History) from Warwick University in 2003. Keen to study the magic and mystery of spies, I remained at Warwick for postgraduate work, completing an MA in History in 2004 and a PhD in 2008, the latter under the supervision of Professor Patrick Major. My thesis was published in January 2013 by Cambridge University Press as Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain and won the St Ermin's Hotel Intelligence Book of the Year Award in 2014. In 2016 I completed a second single-authored monograph - Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA - published by St. Martin's Press. Taken together, these two books speak to the dominant theme of my research to date - government secrecy.
I am currently a Reader in US National Security. Before this, I held two postdoctoral positions. The first, funded by the AHRC, looked at public perceptions of the CIA. The second, under the auspices of a British Academy PDF, looked at the relationship between President Richard Nixon, his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, and the Central Intelligence Agency. The latter research project is ongoing, with a monograph entitled 'Politics, Partnership, and Paranoia' scheduled for 2021.
To support my research, I have held fellowships with the Kluge Center (Library of Congress) in Washington DC., and the Rothermere American Studies Institute at the University of Oxford. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I am Treasurer of the Study Group on Intelligence (SGI), and serve as co-editor of the Journal of Intelligence History, published by Taylor and Francis.
Privately, I follow an underachieving (red-shirted) North London football team, enjoy listening to music from the Britpop era, and take a keen interest in the globe-trotting exploits of British secret agent James Bond. In 2012, I assisted the International Spy Musuem in Washington DC in creating an exhibition on 'Bond Villains', sponsored by EON Productions. I now work as part-time consultant for the museum. In the service of public engagement, I enjoy speaking at book festivals and have been interviewed by a range of print and broadcast media, including Fox News, Telegraph, The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Mail, Reuters, BBC Radio 4, Talk Radio Europe, BBC Radio Wales, France 24,and BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.
In 2017/18 I will be teaching on 4 modules: (PO9A6) Secrecy and Spies: British Intelligence in the Modern World; (PO978) The CIA and Covert Action; (PO135) Nine Ideas in International Security; and (P0231) International Security.
In PAIS, I am also Director of Research for Impact.
My literary interests are represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd.