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Paul R. Litt

Professor (cross appointed Canadian Studies)

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1941
Office:408 Paterson Hall

Paul Litt’s research interests centre on the intersection of culture, nationalism and the mass media in twentieth-century Canada. He has published on Canadian cultural nationalism, cultural policy, and public history, and taught upper year history courses on English-Canadian nationalism, tourism, and the media in politics. Paul has worked for the Ontario Heritage Foundation (now the Ontario Heritage Trust), the province’s lead heritage agency, been a policy advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Culture, and conducted a variety of history projects on a contract basis. Paul is cross-appointed between the Department of History and the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton.

Professor Litt is accepting graduate students for Canadian history and welcomes inquiries about specific areas of supervision.

 Research Interests

  • 20th century Canadian cultural history, particularly cultural nationalism and cultural policy
  • Public history and memory with a focus on post 1945 Ontario historic sites
  • The media in Canadian political history

Honours and Awards

2013 SSHRC recipient
2006-2010 C.D. Howe Foundation Publication Grant
2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada standard research grant for “Making History in Postwar Ontario,” a study of the origins and development of the Province of Ontario’s heritage establishment.
1997 U.S. National Council for Public History (NCPH) G. Wesley Johnson Prize for the best article in The Public Historian  awarded at the NCPH annual convention, Austin, Texas.

Select Publications

“Canadian democracy is dysfunctional, and things are only going to get worse,” iPolitics Insight. (co-authored with Adil Sayeed), April 23, 2012.

Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.

“The Cult of Nation and the Gnat of Culture,” Acadiensis XXXVIII, 2 (November, 2009) 150-58.

“Trudeaumania: Participatory Democracy in the Mass-Mediated Nation,” Canadian Historical Review, 89, 1 (March, 2008).

“State Investigation and Support for the Book,” in Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon, eds., History of the Book in Canada, Volume III, 1918-1980, (Toronto/Montreal: University of Toronto Press/Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2007).

“Canada Invaded!: The Great War, Mass Culture, and Canadian Cultural Nationalism,” in David Mackenzie, ed., Canada and the First World War, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005).