Thomas Naylor

Department of Economics

McGill School of Environment (MSE)


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Leacock Building, Rm 321 [Map]
855 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
514-398-4400 Ext. 09146 [Office]


PhD Cambridge University
MSc London School of Economics
BA University of Toronto



Professor Naylor is a political economist, criminologist, and historian, with three main research interests. One is financial and commercial history, with particular reference to the emergence and development of monetary systems, especially alternatives to current ones. A second concerns international black markets - smuggling (particularly of arms, drugs, wildlife and art-works), money laundering, environmental crime, and, more recently "terrorist financing." The third focuses on the rise and ecological impact of the carbon economy with particular reference to energy shortages on one side and toxic-waste disposal on the other. He has consulted for and lectured to government agencies involved in tax and criminal justice enforcement issues, and to forensic accounting firms involved in investigating financial fraud. His published work has appeared regularly in, among other journals, Crime, Law and Social Change, of which he was for ten years a senior editor. He is also the author of twelve books of which the best known are: The History of Canadian Business 1867-1914; Canada in the European Age 1453-1919; Hot Money and the Politics of Debt; Economic Warfare: Sanctions, Embargo Busting, and State-Sponsored Crime; Wages of Crime: Black Markets, Illegal Finance, and the Underworld Economy; Satanic Purses: Money, Myth and Misinformation in the War on Terror; Crass Struggle: Greed, Glitz, and Gluttony in a Wanna-Have World; and, most recently, Counterfeit Crime: Criminal Profits, Terror Dollars, and Nonsense. He is currently working on three book projects: The Principles and Practices of Black-Collar Crime; The Rise of the Carbon Economy; and The Ecology of War.