Christopher Bronk

Fellow in Information Technology Policy |
Director, Program on Energy and Cybersecurity, Center for Energy Studies

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Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is the Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy and director of the Program on Energy and Cybersecurity at the institute's Center for Energy Studies.


Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is the Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy. He holds additional appointments at the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies, Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. His research focuses on cyber geopolitics with additional work in innovation, knowledge management, international politics, and policy related to intelligence and international security.

Before coming to Rice, Bronk was a software developer in a technology startup and then served as a foreign service officer, finishing his tenure at the U.S. State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy. In addition to significant work in the cybersecurity area, he has published on a broad range of issues, including broadband and Wi-Fi policy, IT sector energy consumption, intelligence and information sharing issues, U.S.-Mexico policy, and digital diplomacy. Bronk’s most recent work is on computing and energy with an emphasis on the oil and gas industry.

Bronk has provided commentary and opinion pieces for a variety of news outlets, including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle. He holds a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and also studied international relations at Oxford University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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