While CHA members have called upon professional historians to become more engaged in the public discourse, and with the media in particular in recent years, that demand has increased significantly since the beginning of COVID-19.

Hence, the CHA would like to expand the informal list of professional scholars whose experience and knowledge may be of interest to members of the media for commentary, interviews, editorial and opinion pieces, blog entries, etc., on contemporary and historical issues. It has been posted on the CHA website for easy access and sent to different French- and English-language media outlets.

An understanding of the past can provide valuable insight for the present – whether providing the context of pandemics, diplomacy, conflict and war, identifying important changes in societal values, politics and economic relationships, perceiving the motivations of contemporary actors, from heads of state to the working class, or understanding the historical significance of developments in science, technology and the arts.

The individuals listed do not speak on behalf of the CHA, but as independent professional scholars with experience and knowledge in their respective fields.

This is also an open-ended list – it is intended to expand to include other areas of potential interest to the media. If you are a professional historian and would like to have your name considered for inclusion, or to suggest a subject area that is not yet covered in the list, please contact us at

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