About Me – Dr. Thomas W. O’Donnell

My expertise is in global energy and international affairs, especially oil and gas as concerns Latin America, the Middle East, USA, China and the EU.   I am both an academic and analyst.  

I’m presently a Fellow at the AICGS (American Institute of Contemporary German Studies) in Washington, DC during April and May 2015, studying  “US Expert Viewpoints on German [& EU] Energy Vulnerabilities.” (Funded by the German DAAD and the Foreign Office)

My full academic CV is here, and links to post-graduate seminars are below.  In 2016 I will be teaching at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Freie University-Berlin.

ANALYSIS: I’ve recently written for  The GlobalBarrel.com, Americas Quarterly (NYC), IP Journal (Berlin) and Petroguía (Caracas).  

CONSULTING: I am a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat and consult with various other geopolitical, business-intelligence, and advisory firms and enjoy giving public and private talks.  My work in energy and geopolitics is unusual because:

  • I have a high competency in science, mathematics and technology (PhD in  experimental nuclear physics)
  • Extensive contacts in the energy sector and diplomacy—esp. in Latin America, the USA and Europe.
  • And, before doing my PhD, I spent 10 years in industry, gaining  technical experience in  the energy and transport sectors, including automobile manufacturing, railway operations, large-scale HVAC and power generation.

ACADEMIA:  

My most popular seminar has been Geopolitics of Global Oil and courses on Iran, Iraq, the Arab SpringEnvironmental Economics, and especially Latin American Development.

I also taught in Science, Technology and Society (STS) at U Michigan, examining the tech and social transformations of the Information Age.

OPEC  I’ve especially focused on Venezuela, Iran, Algeria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia — and on their relations with especially the USA and China.

VENEZUELA I spent two full years (Jan 2008- Jan 2009) in Caracas as a US Fulbright Scholar (2008) and visiting professor at the  Centro  de  Estudios  del  Desarrollo, (Center for Study of Development) at the Central University of Venezuela (CENDES-UCV) researching oil affairs and the Bolivarian state. I have extensive contacts there and continue that work.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS, I’m author or co-author of some 38 peer-reviewed papers on fundamental research at U.S. and overseas universities and national labs, listed in my CV.

LANGUAGES I speak English (native), fluent Spanish and am improving my German.  Once upon a time I could chat in Mandarin Chinese.

TO CONTACT ME   

7 responses to “About Me – Dr. Thomas W. O’Donnell

  1. Is your email address still twod at umich dot edu? (no need to publish this, just making sure…I want to share something with you.)

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  2. So did you get my email? We should talk…

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  3. Mr. O’Donnell,

    I have followed your blog with great interest the last year or so.

    I am currently finishing a bachelor’s degree in finance and I’m looking to get into the petroleum industry. I really enjoy geopolitics, and like you, have an extra interest for Middle East and Latin-America.

    Anyways, my question is, what kind of school/program/degree would you recommend for me as far graduate programs go? What would you consider more relevant for me in order to pursue a career in oil trading?

    Thanks!

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    • Hello Hvalbye
      Thanks for you interest in the blog. I’d be happy to give you what advice i can. It depends a bit on what type of work you are interested in. The schools that focus on geopolitics have different emphases. Perhaps you can send me an e-mail at “twod at umich.edu” and we can discuss your interests a bit more.

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  4. Estimada Karina,

    Si. Por supuesto.

    Puedas llarme por Skype (nombre: tom.od) o mi celular. Por favor, enviame un correo a twod@umich.edu y te enviare mis numeros celulares.

    Saludos, Tom O’D.

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