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Paul R. Litt

Professor (cross appointed to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies) - Public History, particularly the heritage imaginary, tourism and historic sites in postwar Ontario; Canadian cultural nationalism and cultural policy; mass media and the politics of image

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4143
Office:1208 Dunton Tower


Paul Litt is a historian of public life in late twentieth-century Canada. His research explores the cultural workings of modern Canadian mass democracy with special interests in the media, the politicization of identities, and nationalism. His current research project, “Motoring into Upper Canada,” is a study of the settler heritage imaginary, historic sites, and car tourism in 1950s and 1960s Ontario. Paul is cross-appointed between the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Department of History at Carleton.

Research Interests

  • Canadian nationalism
  • Post-Confederation Canadian cultural, media and political history
  • Public history and memory, with a focus on post-1945 Ontario
  • Media and politics


  • HIST 2301 – Canadian Political History


  • HIST 2301 – Canadian Political History
  • HIST 4303 – Expo 67 and its Times


  • HIST 2303 – Post-Confederation Canadian Political History
  • HIST 3903 – Canada in the Sixties

Select Publications

  • Trudeaumania, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016, pp. 424.
  • Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner, Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011, pp. 536.
  • “The Cult of Nation and the Gnat of Culture,” Acadiensis, XXXVIII, 2 (November, 2009) 150-58.
  • “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, 34-44.
  • “Canada Invaded!: The Great War, Mass Culture, and Canadian Cultural Nationalism,” in Canada and the First World War, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005, 323-49.
  • Isotopes and Innovation: MDS Nordion’s First Fifty Years, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press for MDS Nordion, 2000, pp. 249.
  • “The Apotheosis of the Apothecary: Retailing and Consuming the Meaning of a Historic Site,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 10, 1999: 297-321.
  • “Pliant Clio and Immutable Texts: The Historiography of a Historical Marking Program,” The Public Historian, 19, 4 (Fall 1997): 7-28.
  • Death at Snake Hill: Secrets from a War of 1812 Cemetery, Toronto: Dundurn, 1993 (with R. Williamson and J. Whitehorne), pp. 158.
  • The Muses, the Masses, and the Massey Commission, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992, pp. 331.


Canadian Historical Association Political History Group Book Prize, 2017

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Award, 2017

Co-recipient, Carleton University Research Prize, Building Connections Award, 2016

C.D. Howe Foundation Publication Grant, 2006

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada standard research grant, 2003

National Council for Public History (NCPH) G. Wesley Johnson Prize for the best article in The Public Historian, 1997

Recent Graduate Supervisions

  • Matthew Cain, ““What Shadows We Are, and What Shadows We Pursue”: A Study of Edmund Burke’s Influence on Canadian Political Culture,” Ph.D., School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, 2019.
  • Sarah Chelchowski, “Absent Stakeholders: The Redevelopment of Kingston Penitentiary,” MA in Public History Research Essay, Department of History, 2018.
  • Kelly Ferguson. “The Origins of the Peacekeeping Myth in 1960s Canada,” MA in Public History Research Essay, Department of History, 2017.
  • John Valentine, “Football, Nationalism, and Protectionism: The Federal Defence of the CFL,” Ph.D., School of Canadian Studies, 2016
  • Cassandra Joyce, “Owning the Podium: the competing priorities of participation and excellence in Canadian federal sport policy,” M.A. Research Paper, School of Canadian Studies, 2015.
  • Brennan McConnell, “A Course for Victory: Gender, Class and Nationalism Depicted through Food in Chatelaine Magazine,” M.A. thesis, Department of History, 2014 (co-supervision).
  • Lashia Jones, “Interpreting Women’s Work at an Industrial Heritage Site: The Almonte Textile Museum,” M.A. Research Paper, School of Canadian Studies, 2012 (co-supervision).
  • Chris Uchiyama, “Heritage in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Process,” M.A. thesis, School of Canadian Studies, 2011 (co-supervision).
  • John Moses, “The Return of the Native (Veteran): Six Nations Troops and Political Change at the Grand River Reserve, 1917-1924,” M.A. thesis, School of Canadian Studies, 2008 (co-supervision)