I'm Chris Oates, a Political and Macroeconomic Analyst. I have a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a a BA in Political Science and Classics from Brown University. I live in Boston, having worked previously in England and New York.
I'm a political risk analyst with a lot of other interests. Here are the big ones.
I like to take deep dives into modern political trends that don't always get covered in the news. I've been producing a podcast over the past six or so months that lets me explore these topics with the help of fellow academics in a fun way..
My first big passion was learning about the Civil War. I went to Gettysburg, found some letters from an ancestor who was in the Union army, I even wrote a book about it. I still love getting back into the subject area with talks for local organizations.
As interested as I am in what's happening around the world, I'm just as devoted to understanding the machinations of our own democracy. Whether it's an election or a fight over a bill, I aim to keep track of everything and try to explain some of the goings on when I can.
September 2015 - August 2018
Managed and produced bespoke consulting projects for clients in the public and private sector on geopolitical and macroeconomic concerns. I also conducted training seminars on analytical methodology, horizon scanning, and scenario planning.
June 2013 – October 2015
Managed and produced North American, Australian and New Zealand coverage for Oxford Analytica's Daily Brief subscription service, focusing on macroeconomics, political economy, and geopolitics. Contributed to consulting projects by the Advisory practice of Oxford Analytica. Have discussed US politics and economics on BBC radio and World Service TV.
August 2012 – May 2013
Provided occasional due diligence, money laundering and fraud investigations for corporate clients. London, United Kingdom.
'2009 - 2012’
Thesis: The Role of the United States in the European Union's Decision-Making on Security Policy: 2001-2005.
'2007 - 2009'
Clarendon Scholarship; Dervorguilla Scholarship; Activities and Societies: Balliol College MCR, Oxford University Strategic Studies Group
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Political Science
I've written for academia, commercial publications, and digital magazines. Check out my work below.
A podcast about globalization in the modern world.
Fighting for Home: The Story of Alfred K. Oates and the Fifth Regiment, Excelsior Brigade
When Civil War split the United States in two, a private from Pittsburgh went to war under the command of a disgraced New York congressman. For three years, he wrote home about ball games in camp, marches in mud, and battles across Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, while his general lobbying to confirm his command, connived to clear Mary Todd Lincoln of scandal, and recruited to replace the ranks thinned by disease and battle.
This book tells of the personal and political of the Civil War, based, in part, on a hundred letters written by the author's great-great-great grandfather.
The role of the United States in the European Union's decision-making in foreign and security policy: 2001-2005
PhD Thesis - Oxford University
Porous Foreign Policy: The EU's Embarrassing Arms Embargo Episode
Journal of European Integration History, Summer 2012
Patronage, Power, and Thomas Hobbes: English Political Theory Explains the Fall of the Republic
Brown Classical Journal, Vol. 15, 2005
The New Republic, June 2014
Los Angeles Review of Books, March 1, 2013
The Running Men: Are mobile quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick more injury-prone than pocket passers? (co-written with Omar Bashir)
Slate Magazine, February 1, 2013
America's Civil War, March 2008
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