Ian Morris is Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Stanford University and a Fellow of the Stanford Archaeology Center.

He directs Stanford's archaeological excavations at Monte Polizzo, Sicily, and has published ten books. The eleventh, Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, was published in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October 2010 and in the UK by Profile Books in November 2010.