Daniel Woolf

First term: April 24, 2020 to April 23, 2021
Second term: April 24, 2021 to April 23, 2023

Daniel Woolf was principal and vice-chancellor of Queen’s University from 2009 to 2019 and remains a professor in the Department of History at Queen’s.

He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). He specializes in early modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought in Britain and around the world. In 2004, he won the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize. Woolf serves on the board of directors of the Historica Canada Foundation and is a past member of the executive committee of the RSC. He is also the former chair of the Council of Ontario Universities.

Woolf began his academic career at Queen’s, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) before continuing on to Oxford University where he earned his doctorate. He returned to Queen’s as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow in history. He later joined the history department at Dalhousie University and went on to serve as associate dean and acting dean of graduate studies. Woolf joined McMaster University in 1999 as dean of its Faculty of Humanities and as a professor in its history department. In 2002 he became dean of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts and a professor in its Department of History and Classics.

The author and editor of eleven books and many articles, Woolf is married with three adult children.