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Christopher Moran

Reader in US National Security

Room: E1.21

Telephone: 02476 150205


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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 twenty years, completing a BA in History in 2003, an MA in 2004, and a PhD in 2009. Between 2008 and 2011 he was a Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded project, 'Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy', 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, Henry Kissinger and the CIA, a project that remains in progress. During this time, he 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

Operating at the interdisciplinary crossroads between International Security, Diplomatic History and Intelligence Studies, Dr. Moran specializes in the work 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 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.

Provisionally entitled 'The Sinews of Security', he is currently writing a history of the turbulent relationship between Nixon, Kissinger, and the CIA. Based on over decade's research, and drawing on declassified records and private papers from some 42 US states, the book features new revelations about White House ‘dirty tricks’ and assesses the Agency’s role in helping 'Nixinger' to facilitate the American withdrawal from Vietnam, 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.

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

Other Professional Activities

Dr. Moran is co-editor-in-chief 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 is the founding co-editor of 'The Georgetown Studies in the History of Intelligence' book series.

Beyond the academy, he has worked as a historical consultant to the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock. In 2014, his work with various non-academic stakeholders was captured in the REF Impact Case Study: 'Landscapes of Secrecy: Influencing the Public and Professional Debate about Intelligence, Secrecy and Openness'.

Teaching and Administration, 2020/21

In 2020/21 he will teach:

* United States Foreign Policy (PO379)

For the duration of this REF cycle, he has been PAIS Director of Research and Impact and a member of the departmental Senior Management Team. He will continue these roles in 20/21.

PhD Supervision

Dr. Moran is happy to consider requests to supervise PhD dissertations on Intelligence, US Foreign Policy, Cyber Security, Modern British Political History, and International Affairs more broadly.

To date he has supervised 6 PhD students to successful completion. All of these individuals have secured permanent positions and/or early career fellowships.