Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke is 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; and a Council member of the Royal Economics Society. 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 globalization, 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; The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe (co-edited with Steve Broadberry) was published in 2010. The Spread of Modern Industry to the Periphery since 1871 (co-edited with Jeffrey G. Williamson) was published in 2017.

Kevin's most recent book is Une Brève Histoire du Brexit (Odile Jacob, 2018). It will be published in English, under the title A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop, by Penguin in January 2019. Other recent publications include articles in the Economic Journal and American Economic Review.

In his spare time, Kevin serves as a municipal counsellor in St Pierre d'Entremont, Isère (France). 

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Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy, Cambridge Massachusetts, MIT Press (with Jeffrey G. Williamson) (1999).

Winner of the Association of American Publishers/PSP Award for best new scholarly book in Economics, 1999. Also published as Globalizzazione et storia: L’evoluzione dell’economia atlantica nell’Ottocento (Bologna: Il Mulino, 2005). Also published as Globalización e historia: La evolución de una economía atlantica del siglo XIX (Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2006). Also published in Korean (Seoul: Hankook Publishing Company, 2010). 


Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton New Jersey, Princeton University Press, (with Ronald Findlay) (2007).

Also published as 强权与富足 (China CITIC Press, 2012); Güç ve Refah (Kure Yayinlari, 2013); Potere e richezza: Una storia economica del mondo (UTET, 2017). Also published in Arabic (King Saud University Press, 2014). Translations forthcoming in Korean and Russian. 


The New Comparative Economic History: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey G. Williamson, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press (co-edited with Timothy J. Hatton and Alan M. Taylor) (2007). 


The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, 2 volumes, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (co-edited with Stephen N. Broadberry) (2010). Also published as Кембриджская экономическая история Европы Нового и Новейшего времени (2014). 


The Spread of Modern Industry to the Periphery since 1870 (co-edited with Jeffrey G. Williamson) (2017), Oxford University Press. 

Sibylle Lehmann-Hasemeyer (University of Hohenheim), Alan de Bromhead (Queens University Belfast), Jules Hugot (Javeriana University, Bogotá), Kazim Baycar (Yildiz Technical University and Istanbul Medeniyet University), Diana Greenwald (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Simon Mee (European Central Bank)