Elizabeth Cherry

Elizabeth Cherry

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Wed, 11:00- 1:00 p.m.; Thu, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Dammann Hall, Room G9
1 (914) 323-5160

About Me

I regularly offer two required courses for the Sociology major: Introduction to Sociology and Classical Social Theory. Additionally, I teach a series of courses on environmental issues: Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food, Animals & Society, and Environmental Social Movements. Other electives I offer include Contemporary Social Theory, Youth Subcultures, History of Social Action, and Social Theory through the Arts (a Castle Scholars Honors Program seminar). I serve as the Director of the Castle Scholars Honors Program at Manhattanville College.

My research focuses on culture and social movements, specifically in cultural analyses of social movements and social movement analyses of contentious subcultures. I am interested in the role culture plays in constraining and enabling collective action, as well as how activists attempt to change culture. Topically, I study issues concerning animals, food, and the environment. My current research primarily focuses on the animal rights movement in France and the United States, and in past projects I've studied veganism, punk, pro-anorexia websites, as well as researcher subjectivity and reflexivity. Continuing my interest in cultural movements, I am starting a new research project on the Americanization of yoga.

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Current Courses
Introduction to Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Social Theory through the Arts (Castle Scholars Honors Program)
Professional History
Associate Professor of Sociology
Manhattanville College
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Master of Arts, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Feature Publications


I Was a Teenage Vegan: Motivation and Maintenance of Lifestyle Movements

Sociological Inquiry 85(1): 55-74, 2015


Process Memos: Facilitating Dialogues about Writing between Students and Instructors

Teaching Sociology, 43(2): 146-153, 2015


Lead author
Food for Thought, Thought for Food: Consumption, Identity, and Ethnography

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 40(2): 231-258, 2011


Using Structured Reading Groups to Facilitate Deep Learning

Teaching Sociology 39(4): 354-370, 2011


Shifting Symbolic Boundaries: Cultural Strategies of the Animal Rights Movement

Sociological Forum 25(3): 450-475, 2010


Veganism as a Cultural Movement: A Relational Approach

Social Movement Studies 5(2): 155-170, 2006

Awards & Grants

SAGE/Pine Forge Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award, 2010

Animals and Society Institute Summer Fellowship, 2007

Chateaubriand Fellowship, French Embassy of the United States, 2006-07