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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 origins and development of the Ontario heritage establishment 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 Department of History and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton.

Research Interests

  • Public history and memory with a focus on post-1945 Ontario historic sites
  • 20th century Canadian cultural history, particularly cultural nationalism and cultural policy
  • Media and politics

Honours and Awards

2016 co-recipient, Carleton University Research Prize, Building Connections Award, awarded to the management team of the Masters in Public History program faculty

2006-2010 C.D. Howe Foundation Publication Grant

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

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

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.