Prof Megan L Cherry

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Assistant Professor

  • Email: mlcherr2@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-3715
  • Address:
    Withers Hall 362, Box 8108
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695

Teaching and Research Interests

Megan Lindsay Cherry is an assistant professor in North American history during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  She was a Whiting Fellow at Yale, where she received her Ph.D. in History in 2013.  She has taught in the Department of History at North Carolina State University since 2011.  Professor Cherry's research interests focus on the political, imperial, and social history of North America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Cherry is currently writing her first book, New York Asunder: Factionalism in Colonial New York, 1689-1719, which explains the origins and consequences of Leisler’s Rebellion, which shook New York from 1689 to 1691, and reveals why its legacy continued to shape New York politics for the next three decades.  The majority of colonists in New York supported the uprising, which stripped the ruling elite of their power and instituted a new local government.  Previous scholarship has portrayed the rebellion as an ethnic, class, or religious conflict.  Her work shows that the rebellion was an ideological uprising that had deep roots in contemporary political developments in England and the Netherlands.  She spent the 2016-2017 year as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.   Her future research projects include an article on the consequences in British North America of the Hanoverian Succession, and a book-length study of the Jacobite diaspora in British North America.

Cherry teaches courses on colonial North America, the American Revolution, early America to 1865, the Atlantic world, the history of sexuality, as well as standard departmental courses on historical methods for undergraduates and historical writing for graduate students.

Publications

“The Imperial and Political Motivations Behind the English Conquest of New Netherland,” Dutch Crossing: A Journal of Low Countries Studies 34, no. 1 (March 2010): 77-94.

Presentations

“Rumor Has It: Rumor as a Political Tool in New York in the 1690s,” North American Conference on British Studies, Portland, 8-10 November 2013.

“‘This City Divided’: The Ideology of Leisler’s Rebellion,” Triangle Early American History Seminar, 19 April 2013.

 “Rebels with a Cause: Leislerian Ideology in New York,” Department of History, Duke University, 15 April 2013.

Chair, “European and Imperial Connections: The Politics of Political Economy in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” North American Conference on British Studies, Montreal, 9-11 November 2012.

“Competing Imperial Designs in New York,” North American Conference on British Studies, Denver, 18-20 November 2011.

“Explaining the Esopus Mutiny in Seventeenth-Century New York,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 17 November 2010.

Leislerian and Anti-Leislerian Political Ideologies in an Atlantic Context,” Cities in Revolt: The Dutch-American Atlantic, ca. 1650-1830, Columbia University, 13-14 November 2009.

“Political Fault Lines in Late Seventeenth-Century New York City,” Anglo-American Conference of Historians: Cities, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 2 -3 July 2009.

“Colonizing the Dutch: English Imperial Strategies in Late Seventeenth-Century New York,” Low Countries Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 1 May 2009.

“Why did the English capture New Netherland?” Conference on New York State History, Skidmore College, 5-7 June 2008.

Graduate Advising

I am happy to work with graduate students (and undergraduate honors students) on topics relating to early North America and/or the early modern Atlantic world.

Education

  • Ph.D. in History from Yale University, 2013
  • M.Phil. in History from Yale University, 2008
  • M.A. in History from Yale University, 2008
  • B.A. in American Culture Studies & History from Washington University in St. Louis, 2003