Fellow in Information Technology Policy
Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is the Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy, as well as the director of the Program on Energy and Cybersecurity at the institute’s Center for Energy Studies. He previously served as a career diplomat with the U.S. Department of State on assignments both overseas and in Washington, D.C. His last assignment was in the Office of eDiplomacy, the department’s internal think tank on information technology, knowledge management, computer security and interagency collaboration. He also has experience in political affairs, counternarcotics, immigration and U.S.-Mexico border issues.
Since arriving at Rice, Bronk has divided his attentions among a number of areas, including information security, technology for immigration management, broadband policy, Web 2.0 governance and the militarization of cyberspace. He teaches on the intersection of computing and politics holding appointments in both Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and the University of Houston’s College of Technology, where he teaches in its National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security certified information assurance program. In 2012, he was appointed a senior fellow in cyberspace geopolitics of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
Bronk has provided commentary for a variety of news outlets, including Foreign Policy, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle. He has published widely on cybersecurity and the impact of information technology upon foreign affairs. Holding a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Bronk also studied international relations at Oxford University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.