Niall Ferguson is a British author, international and financial historian. Books he has authored include Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, and Civilisation: The West and the Rest, all of which he presented as a Channel 4 series. He is a professor of history at Harvard University, senior research fellow at University of Oxford, and senior fellow at Stanford University. Time magazine named him as “one of the 100 most influential people in the world.”