Internationally Renowned Historian
Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urgent relevance to the present as well as the past―the costs and benefits of economic globalization; the interface between finance and politics; the lessons to be learned from the British experience of empire; and most recently, the strengths and limitations of American global power.
A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Ferguson is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Ferguson has published 16 books, including: The Pity of War: Explaining World War One; The Cash Nexus; Empire; Colossus; The War of the World; The Ascent of Money; Civilization: The West and the Rest; and The Great Degeneration. He is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which—Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist—has been published to critical acclaim. His recent book, The Square and the Tower, was a New York Times bestseller, and was adapted into a three-part television series called Niall Ferguson’s Networld. His latest book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, was published in May 2021.
Ferguson is also an award-making filmmaker, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. His many other prizes and awards include the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012) and the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013).
In addition to writing a weekly column for The Sunday Times (London) and The Boston Globe, he is the founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group and is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies.