Sam Wilkin is an author, economist, and geopolitical analyst. He is a senior advisor to Oxford Economics (which produces forecasts for more than 190 countries, 100 industries and 2,600 cities globally), and Oxford Analytica (which provides geopolitical analysis every business day, and counts among its clients more than 25 world governments). He is also a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Sam’s new book, History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall, published in April 2018, explains today’s tumultuous politics by showing that it has all happened before. It tells the stories of Argentina’s century of populism and decline, of the great American populist Huey Long, and of the divisive, populist billionaire who governed Thailand, among others – and in the process offers unexpected insight into what is happening now and what might happen next.
His previous book, Wealth Secrets: How the Rich Got Rich, published in August 2015, was that month an Editor’s Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review as well as an Amazon.com Book of the Month. Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis& Associates. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College.