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Paul R. Litt

Professor (cross appointed to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies)

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


Paul Litt teaches and publishes on late twentieth-century Canada with special interests in public history, cultural policy, Canadian nationalism and the 1960s. His current research project, “Motoring into Upper Canada,” is a study of the Ontario heritage imaginary, historic sites, and car tourism in the 1950s and 1960s. Paul has worked as a public historian for the Ontario Heritage Foundation and as a freelance historian leading research teams that produced histories for corporations and public agencies. He also has policy experience in different roles at the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Paul is cross-appointed between the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Department of History at Carleton.

Research Interests

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


  • CDNS 5301 – Concepts of Canada


  • CDNS 5301 – Concepts of Canada
  • CDNS 5302 – Canadian Cultural Policy

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.
  • Isotopes and Innovation: MDS Nordion’s First Fifty Years, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press for MDS Nordion, 2000, pp. 249.
  • 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

  • John Valentine, “Football, Nationalism, and Protectionism: The Federal Defence of the CFL,” School of Canadian Studies, Carleton, 2016
  • Cassandra Joyce, “Owning the Podium: the competing priorities of participation and excellence in Canadian federal sport policy,” School of Canadian Studies, 2015.
  • Brennan McConnell, “A Course for Victory: Gender, Class and Nationalism Depicted through Food in Chatelaine Magazine,” Department of History, 2014 (co-supervision).
  • Lashia Jones, “Interpreting Women’s Work at an Industrial Heritage Site: The Almonte Textile Museum,” School of Canadian Studies, 2012 (co-supervision).
  • Chris Uchiyama, “Heritage in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Process,” 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,” School of Canadian Studies, 2008.