Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke is a Professor of Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was previously the Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford and the Research Director of CEPR. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is also a Research Associate of the NBER. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1989, and has taught at Columbia, Harvard, University College Dublin, Sciences Po Paris and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently serving as a Senior Editor of Economic Policy; a Trustee of the Cliometric Society and European Historical Economics Society; an Editorial Board member of the Economic History Review and Oxford Economics Papers; a Council member of the Royal Economics Society; and a member of the Scientific Committee of Bruegel.
In the past he served as an Editor of the European Review of Economic History, as an editorial board member of the Journal of Economic History and World Politics, as Vice President of the Economic History Association, and as President of the European Historical Economics Society. Kevin's research lies at the intersection of economic history and international economics, particularly international trade. He has written extensively on the history of globalisation, and his Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey G. Williamson) won the 1999 American Association of Publishers/PSP Award for the best scholarly book in economics. Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, co-authored with Ronald Findlay, was published by Princeton University Press in 2007; Une Brève Histoire du Brexit was published by Odile Jacob in 2018, and appeared in English as A Short History of Brexit (Penguin, 2019). In his spare time, Kevin serves as a municipal counsellor in St Pierre d'Entremont, a small mountain village in France.