Nathan Nunn

Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics at Harvard University


Professor Nunn’s primary research interests are in political economy, economic history, economic development, cultural economics, and international trade. He is an NBER Faculty Research Fellow, a Research Fellow at BREAD, a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the Boundaries, Membership & Belonging program. He is currently an editor at the Quarterly Journal of Economics.


His current research interests lie in better understanding the importance of local culture and context for economic policies, particularly in developing countries.


Together with Elias Papaioannou (London Business School), Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University) and Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) and supported by CEPR, STEG and the European Research Council, Nunn led the Wheeler Institute open-access lecture series African History through the Lens of Economics. The course ran from February 1 to April 13 of 2022 and has attracted more than 27.000 registrations. For more information visit the course website.