Christopher J. Bright, M.Phil. ’03, Ph.D. ’06

Board of Advisors Christopher Bright
Staff Director, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representative

Joined Fall 2014

Christopher J. Bright directs studies of high-profile defense policy issues as the leader of the Oversight and Investigations (O&I) staff of the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Among other topics in recent years, O&I has analyzed U.S. embassy security efforts, prisoner exchanges, and certain terrorism trends.

In an earlier congressional committee position, Mr. Bright managed national security and foreign affairs oversight activities on behalf of now-retired U.S. Rep. Tom Davis.  Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mr. Bright served for four years as Virginia's Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade during Governor George Allen's administration.

Mr. Bright is a diplomatic historian with a specialty in post-war U.S. foreign policy.  Mr. Bright has contributed to World Affairs and other publications and is the author of Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era:  Nuclear Antiaircraft Arms and the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, 2012).

Christopher Bright received his A.B. from William and Mary and an M.A. (Foreign Affairs) from the University of Virginia. He holds an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from GW, where he served as a trustee from 2010-2014.

Mr. Bright is married to Nancy Albrittain Bright, and they are the parents of twins.