Cheryl Fury



History and Politics

Hazen Hall 321

Saint John
1 506 648 5861

Cheryl Fury is a Professor of History at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) and a fellow/faculty member of the Gregg Centre for War and Society. She teaches courses in European and British history (Tudor-Stuart England, early modern women, queenship, as well as modern Europe, especially the Holocaust and Fascism). She also enjoys teaching for the UNB travel study program in Rome and London.

She holds a BA (Honours History & English) and an MA (History) from the University of New Brunswick. She received her PhD from McMaster University. She has held a number of international research fellowships including the Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellowship in Maritime History at the John Carter Brown Library (USA) and the Institute of Historical Research’s Visiting Fellowship (U.K).

She has spent her career studying the English maritime community. She has written and edited a number of books on the social history of English seafarers: Tides in the Affairs of Men (2002), The Social History of English Seamen 1485-1649 (2012) and The Social History of English Seamen 1650-1815 (Runner-up, Best Book of 2017, Keith Matthews Award, Canadian Nautical Research Society) as well as several articles in academic journals and chapters in books.

For over a decade, Cheryl has focused her attention on the men of the early English East India Company, trying to bring their stories to many types of audiences. Her most recent publications include “’Men Whose Vocation Calls us to Dangers Substantial’: Healthcare in the Early English East India Company, 1601-1611”, The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800, Eds. Claire Jowitt, Craig Lambert, and Steve Mentz, (Routledge, July, 2020) and ““Wicked Actions Merit Fearful Judgments": Capital Trials aboard the Early East India Company Voyages, 1601-1611" in The Maritime World of Early Modern Britain, Eds. James Davey and Richard Blakemore (Amsterdam University Press, 2020).

Surviving Theresienstadt: A Teenager's Memoir of the HolocaustHer research has been supported by a number of national and international research grants. Her current project examines the relationship between diet, disease and disorder in the East India Company in the early 17th century and is funded by the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council.

She is also a Holocaust educator and has worked as an editor on a number of research projects with survivor Vera Schiff such as The Theresienstadt Deception (2012) as well as an expanded edition of Vera Schiff's award-winning autobiography, Surviving Theresienstadt: A Teenager's Memoir of the Holocaust (McFarland, 2021).


Golden Hinde Podcast

Life on the Edge: The Elizabethan Sailor - with Dr Cheryl Fury from The Golden Hinde Podcast on Apple Podcasts.