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Asian Investment Conference 2022

Adam Tooze

Author; Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, Columbia University

Adam Tooze

Adam Tooze is an author and the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. A prize-winning historian, writer and economic commentator, Prof. Tooze combines deep historical expertise with up-to-date economic analysis to address political power and economic shifts that can be used to navigate the contemporary world.

Prof. Tooze has won numerous awards for his books such as Statistics and the German State, 1900-1945: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (2001), including the Leverhulme Prize Fellowship, the H-Soz-Kult Historisches Buch Prize, the Longman-History Today Prize, the Wolfson History Prize and the LA Times History Prize. He was also featured among Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers, 2019 and Prospect Magazine’s world’s top 50 thinkers, 2019.

His newest book Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy (2021) is a tour-de-force account of 2020. He has also written for several publications such as the Financial Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer, Prospect Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

Prof. Tooze teaches and researches widely in the fields of 20th century and contemporary history with a focus on the history of economics and a range of themes in political, intellectual and military history, spanning from Europe to the Atlantic. He previously taught at the University of Cambridge and at Yale University, where he was the Barton M. Biggs Professor of History and the Director of International Security Studies. He also served as Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Professor in Military History at West Point.

He holds a Ph.D. degree from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from King’s College, London.