Elai Rettig is a Lecturer in Management at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business since 2019. He is also the Israel Institute Teaching Fellow in Israeli and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St Louis. Rettig’s research focuses on the geopolitics of energy and the interplay between energy security and foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East and West Africa. His research was published in peer-reviewed journals, including International Studies Quarterly and International Journal of Press/Politics, as well as in leading think-tanks in Europe, including the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES). In addition to his academic work, Rettig engages with Israeli energy security matters as a fellow in the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and in the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center in the University of Haifa. He contributes regularly to Israeli media outlets on issues pertaining to energy policy in the Middle East and has testified before the Israeli parliament.
Prior to joining Rice University, Rettig taught at New York University – Tel Aviv and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies in George Washington University. Rettig earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Haifa.