Schama, professor of Art History and History at Columbia University, New York will write for the papers regularly, on a wide range of topics.
"I am delighted that Simon Schama is joining the Financial Times. He is one of the most elegant and versatile writers in the English language, a master historian who can turn his talents to the arts, popular culture and bonne cuisine. He will be a terrific addition - in particular to our FT Weekend offering." said the Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, in the release.