Niall Ferguson

Milbank Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Square and the Tower. His previous book, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, 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. His many other prizes 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, an advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group. His new book, The Square and the Tower, was published in the U.S. in January.

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International Man Of History

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Imagine the three “GoodFellows” in charge of America’s government—a modern (and democratic) twist on ancient Rome’s triumvirate. Hoover senior fellows Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, and John Cochrane discuss the coronavirus-related steps they’d take if entrusted with deciding the nation’s health, economic, and geostrategic choices.

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Reaganism: Finance, History, And China: Niall Ferguson Discussion

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed
Monday, May 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the relationship between public finance and understanding history, Reaganism and its enduring relevance, and Ferguson’s journey to becoming an American.

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Dim Lights, Big City

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 18, 2020

Nothing illustrates with shocking clarity the perils of big city life than the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, May 17, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, May 17, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 3 Of 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, May 17, 2020

(Part 3) Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Niall Ferguson: China And The Pandemic

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Briefing Room (BBC)
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how China's relations with other countries changed since the arrival of Covid-19.

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GoodFellows: Education, Economics—and Woodpeckers

interview with John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMastervia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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A simple question for this week: where will we be a year now, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic has been tamed?
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Education, Economics—And Woodpeckers

featuring John H. Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia GoodFellows: Conversations From The Hoover Institution
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A simple question for this week: where will we be a year now, assuming the COVID-19 pandemic has been tamed? Hoover senior fellows John Cochrane, Niall Ferguson, and H. R. McMaster debate COVID-19’s lasting effects on the economy, education, and the public’s willingness to risk its health—all while one of the GoodFellows does battle with an invading woodpecker.

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Life With Coronavirus, Or The World We Might Have Lost

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, May 11, 2020

How much are social mores going to change as a result of the pandemic?

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