Economic historian.

The past is a foreign country.

Teacher and supervisor.

My students are wizards.
Sometimes all they need
is a wand.

Columnist and blogger.

I’d rather be a comma than
a full stop.

Explorer and photographer.

Travel teaches one how to see.


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Johan Fourie is professor of Economics and History at Stellenbosch University.

I teach economic history to undergraduate and graduate students and writes frequently on the topic, either by contributing to research or for a more popular audience, as columnist and blogger.

My greatest wish is to be cited in a Nobel lecture, preferably by one of my students.


27 Oct 2020: Health inequality and the 1918 Spanish influenza in South Africa. Economic History Seminar at All Souls College, Oxford.
August 2020: The settlers of South Africa and the expanding frontier. Working paper.
July 2020: The causes and consequences of the 1918 influenza in South Africa. Working paper.
July 2020: Public Sector Growth in the British Cape Colony: Evidence From New Data on Expenditure and Foreign Debt, 1830‐1910. South African Journal of Economics.
April 2020: The South African Economy in the Twentieth Century. In: Business Cycles and Structural Change in South Africa. Springer.