Biography

My career has been eclectic, but has centered on making complex economic issues understandable to the general public. Much of my work has been international in focus, dealing with trade, globalization, finance, and business. As a historian and economist I’ve researched and presented extensively on regulatory and macroeconomic issues as well. 

I have written six books that merge my interests in economics and business strategy with historical research. I’ve also written for leading publications, such as Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, and Foreign Affairs, and contributed to a number of websites and academic journals. I frequently review books for The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

I began as a journalist, with stints at Time magazine, the Bureau of National Affairs (now part of Bloomberg), the daily Journal of Commerce in New York, and then Newsweek. After serving as finance and economics editor of The Economist in London, I returned to New York and joined the predecessor to JP Morgan Chase, where I created a unique industry economics function that married economic research with stock and bond analysis and developed a line of environmental research products for institutional investor clients. I later became senior fellow for international business at the Council on Foreign Relations. Along the way, I’ve advised a number of businesses and public agencies and spoken to business and academic audiences in many countries and several languages.

My education includes a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College, master’s degrees from Georgia State University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a doctorate from the City University of New York.