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Margaret MacMillan

2017 Chair of Jury, Cundill History Prize

Margaret MacMillan is Warden of St Antony’s College and Professor of International History, University of Oxford as well as Professor of History, University of Toronto and the Xerox Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Her research specializes in British imperial history and international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her books include Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World  (New York: Random House, 2002; also published by John Murray as Peacemakers), which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History or Biography 2002, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2002 and the Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction 2003, and The War that Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War (London: Profile Books, 2013; and New York and Toronto: Random House and Penguin, 2013 as The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914). She is a Companion of the Order of Canada. 

Margaret MacMillan

Amanda Foreman

Historian and Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Amanda Foreman is the author of the prize-winning best sellers, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and A World on Fire: A Epic History of Two Nations Divided. She is currently a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Her latest work is the BBC documentary series, The Ascent of Woman. In 2016, Foreman served as chair of The Man Booker Prize. Her book on the history of women, The World Made by Women, will be published in 2018. She is a co-founder of the literary non-profit, House of SpeakEasy Foundation, a trustee of the Whiting Foundation, and an Honorary Research Senior Fellow in the History Department at the University of Liverpool. Amanda lives in New York with her husband and five children.

Amanda Foreman

Roy Foster

Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford;
Professor of Irish History and Literature, Queen Mary University of London

Roy Foster is Emeritus Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society the Royal Society of Literature, a Member of the Academia Europea, an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin,  and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His books include Lord Randolph Churchill:  A Political Life (1981), The Irish Story:  Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), which won the 2003 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, W.B. Yeats, A Life. I:  The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (1997) which won the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003),  and Vivid Faces: the Revolutionary Generation in Ireland 1890-1922 (2014), which won a British Academy Medal and the Frokosch Prize from The American Historical Association. He is also a well-known critic and broadcaster.

Roy Foster

Rana Mitter

Director of the University China Centre, University of Oxford

Rana Mitter is Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. He is the author of several books, the most recent of which is Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, which won the 2014 RUSI/Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist and was named a 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title.  Previous books include Modern China: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2008, new edition 2016), which has been translated into seven languages; and A Bitter Revolution: China’s struggle with the modern world (Oxford University Press, 2004). He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.  He is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas programme Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3 in the UK and columnist for the South China Morning Post.

Rana Mitter

​Jeffrey Simpson

Author and Journalist, The Globe and Mail

Jeffrey Simpson is Canada's most decorated journalist and the author of seven books, including, most recently, Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs To Be Dragged Into The 21 Century (Penguin Canada). He has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes – the Governor-General's award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing. Simpson was The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist for 32 years. He won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism and has been awarded eight honorary degrees, including doctorates of laws from the University of British Columbia, Western University and the University of Manitoba. He is twice a Cundill History Prize juror.

​Jeffrey Simpson