Thomas has been with the Office of Energy Markets and Financial Analysis at the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) since 2010. As an economist, he is mainly responsible for the research and analysis of issues related to financial market and physical oil market linkages, focusing on factors that influence oil prices and volatilities and the relationship between financial market activities and oil prices. Most of his recent research has focused on the sources of fluctuations in the price of oil and petroleum products. He is also responsible for variables and modeling issues beyond physical fundamentals of oil prices in the National Energy Modeling Systems (NEMS) to support the EIA’s core publications, Short-Term and Annual Energy Outlook. Prior to this role, he served as Industry Economist for the Office of Integrated Analysis and Forecast at EIA from 2001 to 2010.
He also had been associated with the Marymount University as a finance faculty member from 1999 to 2010. He has published scholarly articles in a number of journals including Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Energy Markets, Energy Economics, Energy Journal, International Advances in Economic Research, Atlantic Economic Journal, Journal of Derivative Markets, and International Finance Review, among others. He holds M.A. in Finance and Ph.D. in Economics from the Catholic University of America.