At CFR, MacMillan is advising on lessons learned from historical events and applying them to modern-day challenges. An award-winning author, she specializes in British imperial history and the international history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
MacMillan is the author of Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (J. Murray, 2001), for which she became the first woman to win the Samuel Johnson Prize and which also won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize and was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
MacMillan’s additional publications include Women of the Raj (Thames & Hudson, 1988), Nixon and Mao: the Week That Changed the World (Random House, 2007), Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History (Random House, 2009), The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (Random House, 2013), and History’s People: Personalities and the Past (Profile Books, 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.
MacMillan is currently an emeritus professor of international history at the University of Oxford and a professor of history at the University of Toronto. She was warden of St Antony’s College at Oxford from 2007 to 2017, and provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 2002 to 2007. In addition, she has taught modern history and international relations at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
Visiting appointments include the Humanitas visiting professorship in war studies at the University of Cambridge, 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 at the University of Toronto. She is also an honorary fellow of the British Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
MacMillan has a BA from the University of Toronto and both a BPhil and DPhil from Oxford.
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