Anand Toprani, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor Strategy and Policy Department
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Dr. Toprani is a specialist in energy geopolitics and political economy. He previously served as an historian with the U.S. Department of State and as a strategic analyst at U.S. Central Command.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cold War
  • Diplomacy
  • Economics
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • Intel
  • Maritime History
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Military Theory
  • National Security
  • WWI
  • WWII


Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2012, History

M.Phil., University of Oxford (University College), 2006, Modern European History

B.A., Cornell University, 2003, History , with Distinction in all Subjects

Research Contributions and Publications

An Anglo-American ‘Petroleum Entente’? The First Attempt to Reach an Anglo-American Oil Agreement, 1921 
The Historian 79: 1 (2017): 56-79

The First War for Oil: The Caucasus, German Strategy, and the Turning Point of the War on the Eastern Front, 1942 
Journal of Military History 80: 3 (2016): 815-854

The navy’s success speaks for itself’? The German Navy’s Independent Energy Security Strategy, 1932-1940 
Naval War College Review 68: 3 (2015): 91-118

Germany’s Answer to Standard Oil: The Continental Oil Company and Nazi Grand Strategy, 1940-1942 
Journal of Strategic Studies 37: 6-7 (2014): 949-973

The French Connection: A New Perspective on the End of the Red Line Agreement, 1945-1948
Diplomatic History 36: 2 (2012): 261-299

Awards and Decorations

Ernest May Post-doctoral Fellowship in History and Policy, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government 
Harvard University (2012-2013)

Post-doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies 
University of Texas at Austin (2012-2013 – declined)

Smith Richardson Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Security Studies, International Security Studies
Yale University (2011-2012)

World Politics & Statecraft Fellowship
Smith Richardson Foundation (2010)

George C. Marshall/Baruch Fellowship 
George C. Marshall Foundation (2010)

Young Scholars Award 
Cosmos Club Foundation (2010)

Research Grant 
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association (2010)

History Department Fellowship/Teaching Assistantship 
Georgetown University (2006-2011)

External Memberships and Associations

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Applied History Working Group, Belfer Center, Kennedy School 

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