David Christian is Professor of History and Director of the Big History Institute at Macquarie University. By training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, he has become interested in world history on very large scales, or “Big History,” since the 1980s. He taught at Macquarie University in Sydney from 1975 to 2000, then at San Diego State University, before returning to Macquarie in 2009. He was founding President of the International Big History Association, and co-founder with Bill Gates, of the Big History Project. He is the author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History, among many other books and articles. His 2011 TED talk on Big History has been seen by more than 6 million people. He holds a PhD from Oxford University.