Assistant Professor in US National Security; Postdoctoral Research Fellow (British Academy)
Telephone: 024 7615 0205
Email: Christopher dot Moran at Warwick dot ac dot uk
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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. I remained at Warwick for postgraduate work, completing an MA in History in 2004 and a PhD in 2008. 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. I am currently completing a second book entitled Company Confessions: The CIA, Secrecy and Memoir Writing, to be published in the US by St. Martin's Press in 2015.
I am an Associate Professor in US National Security in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick University. 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. (This research is ongoing.)
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 have been interviewed by 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.
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 part-time for the museum.
I am Treasurer of the Study Group on Intelligence (SGI), and have recently become book reviews editor of the Journal of Intelligence History. My literary interests are represented by the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd.
In 2014/2015 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 (PO207) Politics of the USA.