Ellen R Wald

Current projects include consulting and guiding financial and public relations firms on the confluence of energy markets and geopolitics and completing a book about how Washington and Wall Street can better understand Saudi Arabia’s economic and oil strategies.  I am a contributor at Forbes.com and a columnist for Modern Trader Magazine where I write about issues in politics, pricing, and energy markets.  I also teach Middle East history and policy at Jacksonville University.  


I grew up just outside of Philadelphia.  I earned an A.B. magna cum laude in history from Princeton University with specialties in Near Eastern studies and creative writing.  As a graduate student at Boston University, I studied the American and Middle-Eastern energy industries with both an economist and a foreign relations specialist.  I have conducted significant research on geopolitics and energy markets at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, the National Archives, the British Petroleum Archives, and the British National Archives.  My dissertation was entitled, “The United States, Great Britain and the Middle-Eastern Oil Industry, 1945-1960.”

Selected Interviews:
Recent Columns:

(Archived columns can be found here)

Selected Speaking Engagements:
  • “A New Oil Frontier: How the United States Built Saudi Arabia’s Oil Industry,” Wyoming
  • “Petroleum, Pipelines, Politics: The Fate of a Pipeline,” Wyoming
  • “Iran: Politics, Diplomacy, Religion,” Florida
  • “You Come at the King, You Best Not Miss:” International Bechtel Inc. and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1946-1954,” Business History Conference & European Business History Association in Miami, Florida
  • “Kurdistan and a Future of Peace,” Florida
  • “Egypt’s Experiment With Democracy: the Evolution of Political Instability,” Florida
  • “Petroleum Pipelines and the Culture of Environmentalism: the Northern-Tier Pipeline Company in Puget Sound,” Ohio
  • “Oilmen in the Beltway: Fighting the Enemy with Business and Government,” Wyoming
  • “Syria 101: an Explanation of the Current Crisis,” Georgia
  • “A Revolution Denied: Overcoming the Nationalization of Iranian Oil,” Connecticut
  • “A Cooperative Endeavor: Aramco and the U.S. Government in the Desert Frontier, 1950-1955,” Pennsylvania
  • “Castles in the Sand: American Corporations in Saudi Arabia, 1945-1955,” Oxford, UK
 Past Appointments Include: 
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Middle East History, University of Georgia
  • Bernard L. Majewski Fellow in Economic Geology at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
  • Lecturer in History and International Relations, Boston University
  • Visiting Scholar, Cambridge University

I have conducted research in English, Hebrew, and Farsi.  I am knowledgeable in Arabic and Spanish.

Contact Ellen R. Wald:

I can be reached here.