Tom O'Donnell presents ’Can Iran, China and Russia Help Chavéz Boost Oil Production and 'Escape the Market of el Imperio'
Thomas W. O'Donnell is a nuclear physicist (Ph.D., from U. Michigan at Ann Arbor). His present work examines the political economy of a globalized energy sector, especially of petroleum, as a basis for understanding both U.S. geo-strategy and the trajectories of major oil-producing states. This research and teaching have focused on the Middle East and North African (MENA) states and Latin America.
Dr. O’Donnell was a 2008 U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Venezuela, and in 2009 he continues his affiliation with the Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (CENDES-UCV) in Caracas, studying the political economy of oil in the internal and external policies of the Bolivarian state. This is part of a larger comparative study including Algeria.
Dr. O’Donnell has often taught at The New School for Social Research in New York City, where he was also Visiting Fellow at the Department of Graduate Economics in 2008-09. He previously taught at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for several years on Energy and the Environment; Science Technology and Society (STS); and in Middle East and North African Studies, while conducting research in nuclear physics. involving production of neutron-rich isotopes, to explore the limits of stability of the atomic nucleus.
Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. O’Donnell left academia for a decade, organizing among workers in the unions of the automobile and railway industries, in impoverished communities of Detroit and Chicago, and wrote on political and economic affairs. He later worked for several years, consulting on Energy, Environmental and Nuclear issues.