Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at Oxford University, where he is also Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.
He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia/Iran, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. He also specialises in medieval Greek literature and translated The Alexiad for Penguin Classics (2009). Peter was named one of the world’s 50 top thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2019.
Peter often writes for the international press, including The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian, and has a regular column in the London Evening Standard. He has been profiled in China Daily, China’s largest English-language newspaper, and in Good Times (Pakistan).
His book, Silk Roads, was named The Daily Telegraph’s History Book of the Year 2015. It went to number one in the Sunday Times non-fiction charts, remaining in the top 10 for nine months in a row, as well as being number one in China, and selling 1.5m copies around the world. His follow-up, The New Silk Roads, won the Human Sciences prize of the Carical Foundation in 2019.