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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  • 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 […]

  • British are ready to rule U.S. TV sets this summer

    June 12, 2014

    Los Angeles Times Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences Paul Revere said they were coming, but he probably didn’t think they would keep coming and coming. Yet another British invasion, this time of the TV order, is setting in on America this summer… Expert quote: “There is a long history and we sometimes have […]

  • Prince George’s godparents revealed

    October 23, 2013

    Today.com Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences Prince William and his wife Kate asked seven people to be godparents for their son ahead of a low-key christening ceremony on Wednesday… Expert quote: “I think their choice of godparents signals the couple’s desire to strike a balance between tradition and innovation — in their approach […]

  • A Male Heir, but a Throne Fit for Queens

    July 30, 2013

    New York Times Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences There was a certain irony in the birth of a male heir to the British crown last week: For the first time in history, a baby girl would have become future queen irrespective of any future brothers after succession rules were made gender-neutral earlier this […]

  • A Retirement Policy Would Undermine the Crown

    July 25, 2013

    New York Times By Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences The royal baby is finally here! Let the merchandizing begin!… View full article

  • Royal Baby Named George Alexander Louis

    July 25, 2013

    Epoch Times Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences The royal baby of Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was named George Alexander Louis… Expert quote: “The monarchy is one of the few remaining points of connection to a very long, deep and storied past. [Thus,] these names are symbolic. It’s similar […]

  • Will and Kate as Parents: Following Diana’s Lead

    July 24, 2013

    Yahoo! Shine Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences When Prince Charles was only 2, his mother, Princess Elizabeth, left him to celebrate Christmas with his grandparents while she visited her husband, who was stationed in Malta… Expert quote: “Prince William benefited from Diana’s attempts to provide a normal childhood.” View full article

  • The Royal Name Game

    July 22, 2013

    CNN “Anderson Cooper 360″ Arianne Chernock, College of Arts & Sciences View video

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