One of the world’s most accomplished historians and provocative commentators on global politics and economics, Niall Ferguson stands at the crossroads of past, present, and future.
Professor of History at Harvard University and Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, he is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
Born in Glasgow, Niall Ferguson graduated with First Class Honours in 1985. After two years as a Hanseatic Scholar in Hamburg and Berlin, he took up a Research Fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1989, subsequently moving to a Lectureship at Peterhouse.
He returned to Oxford in 1992 to become Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Jesus College, a post he held until 2000, when he was appointed Professor of Political and Financial History at Oxford. Two years later he left for the United States to take up the Herzog Chair in Financial History at the Stern Business School, New York University, before moving to Harvard in 2004.
His first book, 'Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927' was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, 'Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals', was a UK best-seller.
In 1998, he published to international critical acclaim 'The Pity of War: Explaining World War One' and 'The World's Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild'. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. In 2001 he published 'The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000', following a year as Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England.
Niall Ferguson is a regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003 he wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4. The accompanying book, 'Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order' and the 'Lessons for Global Power', was a best-seller in both Britain and the United States.
Two years later he published 'The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West'. His most recent book is the best-selling 'Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World'.
A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Niall Ferguson writes and reviews regularly for the British and American press. He is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and a regular contributor to Newsweek. In 2004 Time magazine named him as one of the world's hundred most influential people.
In addition to writing a weekly column for The Sunday Times 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.
His book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the US in 2018 and was a New York Times bestseller. A three-part television adaptation called Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. And hs latest book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, was published in May 2021.