Rachel Bronson is the senior fellow for global energy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs where she directs the Council’s activities on the changing U.S. energy landscape and its implications for U.S. foreign policy, national security, and economic competitiveness. Her previous position, vice president of programs and studies, included overseeing more than 150 programs the Council runs annually. Her shift in responsibilities is a testament to the increasing focus that the organization is placing on its research capacity and policy impact. Prior to that, she served as senior fellow and director, Middle East Studies, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Earlier positions include senior fellow for international security affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and adjunct professor at Columbia University. Bronson's book “Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia,” has been translated into Japanese and published in paperback. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune. She has commented widely on foreign affairs in outlets such as NPR, CNN, the PBS Newshour, the Charlie Rose Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Bronson has served as a consultant to NBC News and the Center for Naval Analyses. She has testified before the Congressional Anti-Terrorist Finance Task Force, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, and the 9/11 Commission. In 2012, Bronson was named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of '100 Women to Watch'. She was named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of '20 Women to Watch' in 2008. In 2003, Bronson was named a Carnegie Corporation Scholar. She earned a B.A. in history at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.