Ellen Wald, Ph.D.


Jacksonville University

Country: United States (Florida)

Research Interests

Middle East & North African Politics

Foreign Policy

Energy And Climate Policy

Oil Politics


Saudi Arabia History

Iranian History

Countries of Interest

Saudi Arabia

United States



Books Written:

(2018) Saudi, Inc.:The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power, Pegasus Books

Saudi, Inc. tells the history of Saudi Arabia through the central character of Aramco. The story starts with Saudi Arabia’s founder, Abdul Aziz, a refugee embarking on a daring gambit to reconquer his family’s ancestral home, the mud-walled city of Riyadh. It takes readers almost to present day, when the multinational oil business has made al Saud the wealthiest family in the world. Now al Saud and its family business, Aramco, are embarking on their most ambitious move: taking the company public and preparing the country for the next generation.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2018) TRT World

Money Talks

(2016) CNN

Brooke Baldwin Show

Radio Appearances:

(2017) NPR

What To Expect When The Biggest Oil Company In The World Goes Public

Newspaper Quotes:

(2017) BBC News

Tiger fur-lined robes... what do Saudi gifts to Trump mean?

(2017) Reuters

OPEC, non-OPEC to look at extending oil-output cut by six months

(2017) Los Angeles Times

Amid U.S.-Mexico acrimony, energy might present common ground and opportunity, analysts say

(2017) AFP

Aramco chief confirms IPO as doubts linger