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A.J. Wilson

A.J. Wilson - Ghostwriter

Washington, DC, United States

Ghostwriter specializing in nonfiction about politics and foreign policy. Experience in both UK and U.S. politics.


I'm a ghostwriter specializing in nonfiction about politics and foreign policy. Although based in Washington, I am originally from Scotland and have worked in both UK and U.S. politics. My client work has been published by a major New York-based publisher and has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. In a past life, I practiced law in London as a barrister.

English (UK) English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs History Law Politics & Current Affairs

Work experience


November, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Recently I collaborated on a narrative history of the al-Qaeda network, published by W.W. Norton. The book has been called “concise, accessible, [and] enormously readable” by Kirkus Reviews and has been made into a CBS 60 Minutes special. I am currently working with a client on a proposal for a new book about the geopolitics of nationalist populism. My other client work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.


U.S. House of Representatives
December, 2014 – October, 2015 (10 months)

I worked for the Democratic Steering and Policy Co-Chair, Representative Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut, writing speeches delivered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, at Yale University, and at various other venues in Washington and Connecticut. I also wrote pieces published in the Washington Post, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and elsewhere.


British Embassy, Washington, DC
July, 2012 – November, 2014 (over 2 years)

Worked for the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, writing speeches delivered at Harvard University, the United States Institute of Peace, and elsewhere, and articles published in the Huffington Post, USA Today, and elsewhere.

Visiting Fellow in International Security

Atlantic Council of the United States
March, 2012 – June, 2012 (3 months)

Worked for a top think tank focused on transatlantic relations and international security. Collaborated on articles published in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, National Interest magazine, and elsewhere.

Political Advisor

House of Lords
October, 2010 – October, 2011 (about 1 year)

Advised Liberal Democrat Convener Lord Alderdice, with a focus on foreign affairs and NHS reform.


Dorsey & Whitney LLP
September, 2008 – October, 2010 (about 2 years)

Worked in the litigation department of a top global law firm.

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