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University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
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history, monarchy, women, royalty, queenship, early modern, europe, british isles
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About Me

Dr. Carolyn Harris is a historian, author and royal commentator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She currently teaches history at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. She the author of Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights (Dundurn Press 2015) and Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). Her 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting was published by Dundurn Press in 2017.

Carolyn completed her PhD in history at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada in May, 2012 with six months of her doctorate at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2009 as a visiting overseas research student. She was SSHRC master’s and doctoral fellow and recipient of the SSHRC foreign study supplement.

Carolyn is an expert in the history of European monarchy and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the CTV News Channel, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 5, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, Radio Canada International, TVO’s “The Agenda,” The Toronto Star, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. Her writing concerning the historical context for issues facing the British and Canadian monarchies today has appeared in numerous publications including Canada’s History Magazine, BBC News Magazine, BBC History Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Military History Monthly, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Bloomberg News, the Toronto Sun and the Kingston Whig-Standard. Carolyn also writes for the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia.

Carolyn is also a prolific guest lecturer both on land and at sea. She has delivered talks on the monarchy for numerous museums, libraries, universities, retirement residences, and educational organizations. Carolyn also contributes to cruise ship enrichment programs and has lectured onboard cruise ships sailing to the Caribbean, Scandinavia and St. Petersburg and the UK and Western Europe.

Carolyn is available to give talks and interviews on Magna Carta, royal history, Canada and the monarchy, and European history. She is also available as a historical consultant, writer, presenter or contributor to television, radio, print and online media.

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Twitter: @royalhistorian

Recent Publications


Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada, Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2015 (Also Available in French as La Magna Carta, son importance pour le Canada)

Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette, Queenship and Power series, New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015

Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2017 (forthcoming)

Peer Reviewed Scholarly Articles:

The Succession Prospects of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna (1895-1918)” in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Volume 54, Number 1-2, (March-June, 2012)

Book Chapters:

“Royalty and the Arts in Canada” in The Canadian Kingdom, edited by D. Michael Jackson

“King John and Magna Carta in Popular Culture” in Magna Carta: Muse & Mentor, edited by Randy J. Holland, Thomson Reuters, 2014.

“Royalty at Rideau Hall: Lord Lorne, Princess Louise and the Emergence of the Canadian Crown” in Canada and the Crown: Essays on Constitutional Monarchy, edited by D. Michael Jackson and Philippe Lagassé, McGill-Queen’s University Press, for the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, 2014.

Newspaper, Magazine and Online Articles:


BBC History Magazine, The 8 Most Famous Royal Weddings in British History, May 18, 2018

Canadian Encyclopedia, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, May 2, 2018

Canadian Encyclopedia, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, May 2, 2018

Canadian Encyclopedia, Princess Patricia of Connaught, April 30, 2018

Canadian Encyclopedia, Pauline Vanier, April 13, 2018


Quartz Magazine, Actresses Like Meghan Markle Have Been Winning The Hearts of Royals since 1668, December 3, 2017

The Canadian Encyclopedia, John Cambell Hamilton-Gordon, Earl of Aberdeen, October 4, 2017

The Canadian Encyclopedia, Lord Dufferin, September 22, 2017

The Canadian Encyclopedia, Alexander Cambridge, Earl of Athlone, September 20, 2017

The Canadian Encyclopedia, Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, September 15, 2017

The Canadian Encyclopedia, John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, August 31, 2017

Canada’s History Magazine, The Queen’s Land, August-September, 2017, 10 Medieval Royal Parents Whose Decisions Influence the Lives of Royal Children Today, June 3, 2017

Dundurn Press, The Queen’s Coronation on Camera, June 2, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder To Get Their Way, May 12, 2017

Quartz Magazine, The history of British royalty proves raising a kid is always a group effort, May 12, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, The Women Warriors of the Russian Revolution, April 28, 2017

The 49th Shelf, Raising Royalty: The Canadian History, April 20, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, In a Czar-less Russia, Winning was Easy but Governing was Harder, April 13, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, The Abdication of Czar Nicholas II, March 13, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the March, February 17, 2017

Smithsonian Magazine, On the Eve of the Russian Revolution, a Palace Coup Seemed Inevitable, But Where Would it Come From?, January 30, 2017

Quartz, The hit Netflix series “The Crown” exposes all our 21st-century anxieties about powerful women, January 29, 2017

Media Coverage
Interviewed by numerous media outlets including the CTV News Channel, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 5, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, Radio Canada International, TVO’s “The Agenda,” The Toronto Star, the National Post and the Globe and Mail.
Country Focus
United Kingdom, Europe and Canada
Expertise by Geography
England, France, North America, Russia, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Politics, Women