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)
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 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 Canada’s History Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Military History Monthly, the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Bloomberg News, the Toronto Sun and the Kingston Whig-Standard.
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 and educational organizations. Carolyn also contributes to cruise ship enrichment programs. 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.
Carolyn also blogs about Toronto’s history and landscapes at A Long Walk from Toronto: Travels on the Trans-Canada trail
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