Niall Ferguson

A public intellectual whose work impacts finance, government, and academia, Niall Ferguson is one of the world’s leading historians of the global economy.  He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. 

Controversial, expansive and eloquent, Ferguson is regarded as “the most talented British historian of his generation.”  But the ambitious themes he explores in his work 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 limitation of American global power.  His latest book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists and garnered accolades worldwide.  His previous book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, was an international bestseller and the basis for a multipart television series that won the International Emmy Award for best documentary.


An accomplished speaker, Niall Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and analytical clarity. Applying his diligent research and exceptional acumen onto economic and political developments, Ferguson examines current trends and demonstrates how the power of past experience can parlay into prosperity for the future.  Among his numerous speech topics:

  • Political Risk and the Global Business Environment
  • Business Empires: How Big Companies Rise and Fall
  • Is this the Chinese Century?
  • The Clash of Civilians and the Scramble for Commodities
  • The Pity of War: Explaining World War I
  • The Ascent and Descent of Money: What Went Wrong with Western Finance?
  • Globalization: Past, Present and Possible Futures
  • The Great Depression 2.0: The Credit Crunch in Historical Perspective
  • Are Capitalism and Democracy Bound to Win?
ABOUT Niall Ferguson   (+/-)

Award-Winning Author and Documentarian

Niall Ferguson is the author of several internationally-acclaimed works including The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern WorldEmpire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power and The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West. His book The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History.  He is currently completing a biography of Siegmund Warburg and has recently begun researching the life of Henry Kissinger.

Brilliant Insight on Today’s Most Critical Issues

A prolific commentator on contemporary economics and politics for American and British print, radio and television media, his work regularly appears in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign AffairsNewsweek, and many other publications and outlets. He is also a regular contributor to the Financial Times.