Christopher A. Ellison

MALD - Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2012
BA, cum laude - Spanish Lit. & Intl. Relations, UC San Diego, 2004
Fields of Study: 

Comparative International Development, esp. in the Western Hemisphere

authoritarian control < democratic freedoms

populist intervention < market freedoms


Mr. Ellison has come to the History Department as an outgrowth of his career in diplomacy and international development.  Prior to enrolling at Rice, he held positions with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry; WorldTeach; and Management Systems International, a USAID and government services consulting firm.  He has interned with the US State Department in Romania and received a Fulbright grant in Brazil, where he focused on the causes of that country's inter-regional development disparities.  He has also worked for over a decade as a freelance translator and researcher for both academics and policymakers.  Clientele have included:

  • Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law & Policy
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
  • Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States, don Miguel Basáñez (for Oxford Univerity Press)
  • Smithsonian Institution - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Brazil Institute, for the journal Cold War History)
  • Organization of American States

A native of California, Mr. Ellison has lived in Spain, Chile, Romania, and Brazil, as well as Washington DC and Boston.  He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, proficient in French, and only scarcely competent in survival Romanian.  Currently residing in Houston, he misses the way going for a run feels in dry Mediterranean-type climates, but he is grateful that it doesn't snow at Rice.