Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke appointed CEPR Research Director

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke has taken over from Lucrezia Reichlin as CEPR Research Director. O'Rourke is the Chichele Professor of Economic History at All Souls College, Oxford; and has served as Director of CEPR's Economic History Programme. In 2010 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant to work on 'Trade and the Great Depression in a Long Run Perspective'. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1989, and taught at Columbia, Harvard, University College Dublin, and Sciences Po Paris and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently Vice President of the Economic History Association, and has 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 a Trustee of the Cliometric Society, and as President of the European Historical Economics Society.

He has written extensively on the history of globalization with his book, Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey G. Williamson) winning the 1999 American Association of Publishers/PSP Award for the best scholarly book in economics. His latest book on the subject is Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, co-authored with Ronald Findlay, PUP 2007. 

In his spare time, Kevin serves as a municipal counsellor in St Pierre d'Entremont, a small mountain village in France.