Thomas Hale is a PhD student at the University of Delaware in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, where he focuses on the nexus between the mining industry and national, environmental, and human security, or what he coins the “mineral-security nexus.” Thomas promotes this concept through his practice of mineral diplomacy, or the use of minerals and materials as a tool for engaging global communities about the importance of mining to achieve shared energy futures. He received his master’s degree from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and his bachelor's degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. His interests span the globe with research on Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and, recently, the Arctic Circle. Thomas maintains working knowledge of the technical applications and extraction of critical minerals, while also remaining engaged in the policy and defense communities. He is the host of a podcast titled “A Rock & A Hard Place,” where he convenes experts to discuss contemporary issues in the mining and defense space. Thomas also founded the first mineral literacy nonprofit in the country, supporting K-12 educators and local industry with engaging communities about the importance of mining in modern society.
All Thomas Hale Content
Report by Joseph Majkut , Jane Nakano , Maria J. Krol-Sinclair , Thomas Hale , and Sophie Coste — July 19, 2023
Commentary by Thomas Hale — May 8, 2023
Commentary by Maria J. Krol-Sinclair and Thomas Hale — March 24, 2023