Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, DPhil, FRSE, is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Pity of WarThe House of RothschildEmpireCivilization, and Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, which won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize. He is an award-making filmmaker, too, having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In 2020 he joined Bloomberg Opinion as a columnist. In addition, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a New York–based advisory firm; a cofounding board member of Ualá, a Latin American financial technology company; and a trustee of both the New-York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies. His most recent book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the United States in 2018 and was a New York Times best seller. A three-part television adaptation, Niall Ferguson’s Networld, aired on PBS in March 2020. His next book, Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe, will be published in May 2021.

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Food For Thought

interview with Tyler Cowen, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cryptocurrency’s future, fossil fuels and alternate energy sources, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, a new university devoted to academic freedom emerging deep in the heart of Texas, plus ethnic food as the gateway to a better understanding of economics and immigration: all are part of a multicourse intellectual feast featuring Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane, with their guest, George Mason University economist/blogger/podcaster/foodie Tyler Cowen.

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GoodFellows: Food for Thought

interview with Tyler Cowen, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cryptocurrency’s future, fossil fuels and alternate energy sources, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia, a new university devoted to academic freedom emerging deep in the heart of Texas, plus ethnic food as the gateway to a better understanding of economics and immigration: all are part of a multicourse intellectual feast featuring Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane, with their guest, George Mason University  economist/blogger/podcaster/foodie Tyler Cowen.

Interviews

Andrew J Scott, Co-Founder Of The Longevity Forum And World Renowned Historian Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Longevity Forum
Monday, November 15, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson talks about how the pandemic has disrupted longevity. Progress has been halted recently in many ways by the pandemic from inequality to climate change. Ferguson also discusses whether COVID been a distraction from other important issues.

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GoodFellows: Ejector Seat

interview with Jay Bhattacharya, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The latest on the pandemic front: kids ages 5–12 receiving vaccines and a federal deadline for private employers to comply with new vaccine rules set for January. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University School of Medicine professor, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane for a wide-ranging conversation on COVID-19, encompassing mask sensibility, vaccine efficacy, and where Anthony Fauci and public health officials went astray.

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Ejector Seat

interview with Jay Bhattacharya, John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMastervia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The latest on the pandemic front: kids ages 5–12 receiving vaccines and a federal deadline for private employers to comply with new vaccine rules set for January. Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a Stanford University School of Medicine professor, joins Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane for a wide-ranging conversation on COVID-19, encompassing mask sensibility, vaccine efficacy, and where Anthony Fauci and public health officials went astray.

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Why I’m Co-Founding A New University Dedicated To Freedom Of Thought And Study

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia New York Post
Monday, November 8, 2021

Frustrated with how modern universities stifle free thought and academic diversity, a group of writers and entrepreneurs announced Monday that they are launching their own institute of higher learning: The University of Austin. Joe Lonsdale, a partner at 8VC and a founder of Palantir, Addepar, Resilience Bio, and other multi-billion dollar technology companies, is one of the founders. Here, in an exclusive for The Post, he outlines the school’s mission.

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I'm Helping To Start A New College Because Higher Ed Is Broken

by Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Monday, November 8, 2021

Institutions dedicated to the search for truth have ossified into havens for liberal intolerance and administrative overreach.

Interviews

Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures 2021 - Niall Ferguson, Robert George And Michael Gove

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the future of the Anglosphere.

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GoodFellows: Meta Love Shack

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Fellow Talks
Monday, November 1, 2021

Live from the Hoover Institution’s Fall Retreat: Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discussing think tanks’ role in today’s world, Washington’s absurdist tax proposals, Facebook’s rebrand, and China’s hypersonic missile test as a Sputnik-like wake-up call—plus one GoodFellow’s affinity for the B-52’s (the band, not the bomber).

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Meta Love Shack

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H.R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Monday, November 1, 2021

Live from the Hoover Institution’s Fall Retreat: Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discussing think tanks’ role in today’s world, Washington’s absurdist tax proposals, Facebook’s rebrand, and China’s hypersonic missile test as a Sputnik-like wake-up call—plus one GoodFellow’s affinity for the B-52’s (the band, not the bomber).

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