Arianne Chernock

Associate Professor, History

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BA, Brown University
MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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Arianne Chernock’s research focuses on modern British and European history, with an emphasis on gender, culture, politics, and the monarchy. Her first book, Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism (Stanford University Press, 2010), called fresh attention to the forgotten but foundational contributions of men to the creation of the “rights of women” in late-eighteenth-century Britain.… Read more

Arianne Chernock’s research focuses on modern British and European history, with an emphasis on gender, culture, politics, and the monarchy. Her first book, Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism (Stanford University Press, 2010), called fresh attention to the forgotten but foundational contributions of men to the creation of the “rights of women” in late-eighteenth-century Britain. The book won the 2011 John Ben Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies. Articles based on this project have appeared in the Journal of British Studies, Enlightenment and Dissent, and the edited collection Women, Gender and Enlightenment (Palgrave, 2005).

Professor Chernock is currently writing a book, provisionally titled The Right to Reign and the Rights of Women in Victorian Britain, which explores the politics of queenship over the long nineteenth century. Material from this project has been published in Victorian Studies and in the edited collection Engendering Women’s History: A Global Project (NYU Press, 2013). In her capacity as a historian of monarchy, Chernock has published numerous opinion pieces and editorials, and provides frequent commentary to a range of print, radio, and television outlets.

Chernock co-organizes the British Study Group at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, Phi Beta Kappa, Huntington Library, the Humanities Foundation at Boston University, and the American Philosophical Society.

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  • WHY PRINCESS DIANA REMAINS AN OBSESSION IN THE U.S. 20 YEARS AFTER HER DEATH

    May 3, 2017

    Newsweek Arianne Chernock, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “If evidence was required that people in the United States remain obsessed with Princess Diana 20 years after her tragic death in a Paris tunnel, this week has certainly provided it…” Expert quote: “Americans were at her wedding fascinated by the fairy tale aspect […]

  • American (De)generations

    April 11, 2017

    Radio Open Source Arianne Chernock, College of Arts and Sciences “Is American history a cyclical thing; a series of concentric circles endlessly repeating?..” Expert quote: “Arianne Chernok argues that these cycles interfere with our sense of history’s broader continuities.” View full article.   

  • The Next ‘Downton’? PBS Pushes ‘Victoria’

    November 22, 2016

    Wall Street Journal Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences Historians say Queen Victoria never made a move on Lord Melbourne, her first prime minister, but that hasn’t stopped fans of a new period drama based on her life from wishing she had… Expert quote: “There’s a kind of explicit nostalgia for the stability and […]

  • Prince William Appears on the Cover of Attitude, a Gay Magazine

    June 15, 2016

    New York Times (subscription required) Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences After meeting with a group of gay people who said they had been bullied, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, appeared on the cover of Attitude, a gay magazine, and urged young people to report instances of abuse to an adult… Expert quote: […]

  • England didn’t want a “Queen Cutie”

    April 12, 2016

    Ozy Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences At a dinner party in 1936, Winston Churchill provocatively asked why King Edward shouldn’t be allowed to have his “cutie.”… Expert quote: “He had many affairs, and his brother’s wife, [eventually] the Queen Mother, frowned on his erratic behavior.” View full article

  • Tiaras and crowns: A look at the headpieces of the British royalty

    October 22, 2015

    Today.com Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences Children dressing up as princesses know that an outfit isn’t complete without the crowning glory: a tiara adorned with as much bling as possible… Expert quote: “Anyone can wear a tiara, assuming it’s the right occasion. Crowns, however, connote state power.” View full article

  • Queen Elizabeth’s latest crowning achievement: longest-reigning British monarch

    September 9, 2015

    Today.com Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences Long live Queen Elizabeth! The royal ruler became the longest-reigning monarch in British history on Wednesday, overtaking the record previously held by her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria… Expert quote: “She has stayed the course. It’s not that every year has been successful for her and for her family, […]

  • The Conversation US – Arianne Chernock

    March 20, 2015

    Why do Americans fawn over British royalty? Arianne Chernock, Boston University When Charles and Camilla toured the nation’s capital this week, they “wowed” the adoring Americans they encountered, according to Reuters. Sure, there wasn’t quite the same degree of enthusiasm as there was for last December’s visit of William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of […]

  • The British Royals Are Here, But Do Americans Care?

    December 8, 2014

    Newsweek Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, known colloquially as Will and Kate, arrived in New York on Sunday for a whirlwind three-day trip, delighting those Americans with romantic notions of what it’s like to be British monarchy while leaving those with a more cynical outlook wondering, “What’s […]

  • A fairytale in New York for our royals

    December 6, 2014

    Telegraph Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences If the Duke of Cambridge were to walk into Cathy Dault’s Manhattan flat during his trip to New York next week, the first face he would see would be his own… Expert quote: “Because it’s not our royal family, Americans can romanticise the institution in a way […]

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