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Christopher Moran

Reader in US National Security

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Personal Details

Dr. Christopher R. Moran, FRHistS


Dr. Christopher Moran is a Reader in US National Security. He has been at Warwick for almost twenty years, completing a BA in History in 2003, an MA in 2004, and a PhD in 2009. Between 2009 and 2011 he was a research assistant on the AHRC-funded project, 'Landscapes of Secrecy', which included a 6 month Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Between 2011 and 2014, he held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to write a history of Richard Nixon and the CIA, a project that remains in progress, and enjoyed 6 months as a Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. In 2012 he became an Assistant Professor in PAIS and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. He was appointed to his current position in June 2018. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research Interests

Dr. Moran specializes in the history of British and American secret services, especially the CIA. He is the author of 2 monographs and 4 co-edited collections. In 2013 his PhD thesis was published 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, he completed his second single-authored monograph, Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs, and the CIA, which was published by St. Martin's Press in New York. Taken together, these two books speak to the dominant theme of his research to date – government secrecy.

He is currently writing a history of the turbulent relationship between President Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the CIA, featuring new revelations about White House ‘dirty tricks’ as well as critical reflections about the role played by the Agency in helping to facilitate American withdrawal from Vietnam, SALT, rapprochement with China, and détente with the Soviet Union.

He is the author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, which have been published in a range of political science and historical journals, including: Foreign Affairs, British Politics, Intelligence and National Security, Political Studies, English Historical Review, Journal of Cold War Studies, Journal of American Studies, and International History Review.

Google Scholar Profile

His literary interests are represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd.

Other Professional Activities

Dr. Moran is co-editor of the Journal of Intelligence History, published by Taylor & Francis; Treasurer of the Study Group on Intelligence (SGI); sits on the Editorial Board of Intelligence and National Security; and serves as a reviewer for both the AHRC Peer Review College and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Together with Mark Pythian (Leicester) and Mark Stout (John Hopkins), he also edits 'The Georgetown Studies in the History of Intelligence' book series.

He enjoys speaking at book festivals and has 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, BBC Local Radio Network, and BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire.

Between 2012 and 2019, he assisted the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., with the launch of their new museum, SPY 2.0, which is now open. In 2012 he worked as a historical consultant for the Museum’s popular exhibition, ‘Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of James Bond Villains’.

Teaching and Administration, 2018/19

In 2019/20 he will teach:

1. (PO9A6) ‘Secrecy and Spies: British Intelligence in the Modern World’.
2. (P0978) ‘The CIA and Covert Action’.

Until autumn 2020, he will be Director of Research and Impact in PAIS and a member of the departmental Senior Management Team.

PhD Supervision

Chris is happy to consider requests to supervise PhD dissertations on almost anything related to intelligence, as well as American and British foreign policy.

To date he has supervised 5 PhD students to successful completion. All of these individuals have secured permanent positions and/or early career fellowships.