Dr. Thomas W. O'Donnell is an academic and analyst of the global energy system - especially oil and gas - and its role in development and international affairs. Regions include OPEC's Latin American and Mideast states, the USA, EU, Russia and China. He has taught at U. Michigan, Ohio State U., The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs (New York City), and Freie Universität Berlin’s JFK Institute. He blogs at GlobalBarrel.com and often writes for Berlin Policy Journal (DGAP, Berlin), Americas Quarterly (AS/COA, NYC), Petroguía (Caracas) and the AICGS (Washington). In 2015 O'Donnell was an American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS)/DAAD fellow in Washington interviewing US energy experts on German and E.U. energy vulnerabilities. Throughout 2008-09 he was US Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor in Caracas at Center for the Study of Development, Central University of Venezuela (CENDES/UCV). He is Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, and consults on energy, geopolitical and business-intelligence matters. His PhD is in nuclear physics (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), before which he acquired broad expertise in US industry (automobile manufacturing, railways, power, HVAC, cryogenics, and nuclear & radiation safety).