Kevin O'Rourke

Professor of Economics Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Trinity College Dublin; PhD Harvard University

Research Websites: Social Science History Lab

Research Areas: History of the international economy

Kevin O’Rourke is a Professor of Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Chichele Professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a former Research Director of CEPR.

He has served the economic history profession in a wide variety of capacities, including terms spent as President of the European Historical Economics Society and Editor of the European Review of Economic History. He received his PhD in Economics at Harvard in 1989 and has taught at Columbia, University College Dublin, Harvard, Sciences Po Paris, and Trinity College Dublin.

His research lies at the intersection of economic history and international economics. He has published extensively on the history of globalization and deglobalization: his books include the prize-winning Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey Williamson), and Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium (co-authored with Ronald Findlay). He was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator in 2009 to study interwar trade and trade policy. His most recent book is Une Histoire Brève du Brexit (Odile Jacob, 2018), published in English as A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Penguin, 2019).

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