Margaret MacMillan

Visiting Distinguished Historian

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Margaret MacMillan is the visiting distinguished historian at the Council on Foreign Relations.  She specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  She is an emeritus professor of international history at the University of Oxford and a professor of history at the University of Toronto.  She was provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007 and warden of St Antony’s College at Oxford from 2007 to 2017. 

Her publications include Women of the Raj (1988), Paris, 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2002), Nixon and Mao: the Week that Changed the World (2007), Dangerous Games: the Uses and Abuses of History (2009), The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (2013), and History’s People: Personalities and the Past (2015).  In 2018 she delivered the BBC’s Reith Lectures on the subject of war and humanity and in 2020 will publish an expanded version as a book with Random House.

She has taught modern history and international relations at Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Oxford.  Visiting appointments include the Humanitas Professor of War, Cambridge University, the Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Distinguished Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.  She is also an honorary fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

She has served on a number of boards including those of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and the Rhodes Trust. She is currently a trustee of the Central European University and the Imperial War Museum, and is on the editorial boards of First World War Studies, the International History Review, and the International Journal.  She comments frequently in the media on international affairs.

She has a BA in history from the University of Toronto and a BPhil in politics and DPhil from Oxford.