Meet our 2021 jury.
Chair of the Jury
Historian, author, university professor and former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
"I’m a historian by training and like nothing better than history books that upend our understanding of the present. So it’s a wonderful opportunity to chair this year’s Cundill History Prize and go in search of great history writing that tells a compelling story, is grounded in world-class research and changes our understanding of the contemporary world."
DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University
"I look forward to educating myself by reading outstanding works covering aspects of history with which I am not familiar, as well as encountering the latest developments in my own areas of expertise. I will be looking for books that contain original historical insights and that are written in a literary style accessible to readers outside the academy, for today, more than ever, an understanding of history is essential to democratic citizenship."
Professor of Modern Chinese History, Oxford University and Stanley Ho Tutorial Fellow in Chinese History, Pembroke College
"I’m excited to be a juror for the Cundill History Prize because I love reading history books and hope to be inspired by the new ways of writing that I find this summer. To my mind the best history books come from deep immersion in a wide range of original sources over many years, make the past come alive, and also teach us something new about it. We need to learn that the past is more complicated than we often imagine and good history writing not only tells us that but also makes us experience it."
Professor of History and Politics at Ashoka University, Sonipat
"It’s an exciting time for history writing that speaks to a broad audience and brings unexpected perspectives to our present exigencies, and I’m looking forward to a summer of hard reading and rich conversation about the finest new work in the field."
Jennifer L. Morgan
Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University
"Serving on the Cundill History Prize jury is an honor. As we grapple with the aftermath of a year of profound unrest and upheaval, it feels particularly crucial to think deeply and critically about what has brought us here. I will look for books that convey both the urgency of engaging with the past and the power of beautiful prose in helping us to do so."