Dr. Carolyn Harris is a historian based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She currently teaches history at the University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies. She often provides royal commentary on the CTV news channel and CBC radio. Her first book, Magna Carta and Its Gifts to Canada: Democracy, Law, and Human Rights, was published by Dundurn Press in 2015. Carolyn completed her PhD in history at Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada in May, 2012. She completed six months of her doctorate at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2009 as a visiting overseas research student.
Carolyn’s doctoral dissertation, “Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette: Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe” compares the public perception of Queen Henrietta Maria of England and Queen Marie Antoinette of France as wives, mothers and heads of royal households prior to the English Civil Wars and French Revolution. Carolyn’s research regarding Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette will be published as a book, “Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe” in the Palgrave MacMillan Queenship and Power series.
Carolyn is an expert in the history of European monarchy and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including the CTV News Channel, CNN, BBC Radio 5, CBC syndicated 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 the BBC News Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Military History Monthly, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Bloomberg News, Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig-Standard. She was recently profiled in the Queen’s History Department alumni magazine.
Carolyn is also a prolific guest lecturer both on land and at sea. She has delivered talks on the monarchy for numerous museums and educational organizations including the Spadina Museum, the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and the Queen’s University Institute for Lifelong Learning. Carolyn also contributes to cruise ship enrichment programs each year. In 2012, she gave a series of talks about the history of royalty and the Atlantic World as part of the Crystal onboard enrichment program. In 2013, she lectured about the monarchs of Sweden, Denmark and Russia as part of the onboard Celebrity Beyond the Podium guest speaker program. In 2014, gave talks about the Danish, British, French, Spanish and Portuguese royal houses over the course of a month, sailing from Copenhagen to Lisbon via the United Kingdom, France and Spain.
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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