Kevin O’Rourke is an economist and economic historian, and is currently Professor of Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. He was formerly 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, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a former Research Director of CEPR. He is currently a Senior Editor of Economic Policy, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals; his previous professional roles include terms as President of the European Historical Economics Society, Vice-President of the Economic History Association, and Editor of the European Review of Economic History.
After obtaining a PhD in Economics at Harvard Kevin taught at Columbia, University College Dublin, Harvard, Sciences Po Paris, and Trinity College Dublin. Although he has written on several topics in economic history, including in particular Irish economic history, he is primarily known for his research 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). Both books have been translated into several languages. 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).
Une Histoire Brève du Brexit