Charles Nicas was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he specialized in topics relating to democracy, international security and U.S. foreign policy.
From 2011 to 2018, Nicas worked closely with Condoleezza Rice, serving as chief of research for two of her books: Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom (2017) and, with Amy Zegart, Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity (2018). He also participated in the development of the documentary film American Creed (2018).
Nicas graduated from Stanford University with masters degrees in international and public policy. He has published case studies on global political risk through the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School Press, and he has additional research experience at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the American University of Beirut. He graduated from George Washington University, magna cum laude, with a BA in political science and a focus on international affairs. From 2005 to 2008, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.