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LSE IDEAS appoints Professor Niall Ferguson to chair in international history

Photograph of Niall FergussonOne of the world's most eminent scholars, Professor Niall Ferguson, is joining the staff of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Professor Ferguson will take up the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs, for 2010-2011.

Niall Ferguson is an academic historian, journalist and television presenter. He is Laurence A Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a contributing editor of the Financial Times and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He is also William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

He is the author of several popular and acclaimed books which include The Ascent of Money, Colossus: the rise and fall of the American empire and Empire: how Britain made the modern world. He has also presented several television documentaries based on his books - the most recent being The Ascent of Money on Channel 4.

Professor Ferguson said: 'I am looking forward greatly to spending a year at the London School of Economics, an institution I have long revered as one of the great centres of economic and historical study in Europe.'

The Philipe Roman Chair in International History is located in LSE IDEAS, the centre for the study of international affairs, diplomacy and grand strategy. The first holder of the chair, which is made possible by a private donation, was Professor Paul Kennedy.

The current holder of the annual post is Professor Chen Jian, who will be succeeded in 2009 by Professor Gilles Keppel and then in 2010 by Professor Ferguson.

Professor Arne Westad, co-director of IDEAS, said: 'To attract an academic of such standing demonstrates LSE's pulling power in a fiercely competitive world. It will be a privilege to have Niall here.'


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25 March 2009