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Charles Ludington

Associate Teaching Professor

Department of History

Withers Hall 262

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Charles Ludington received his undergraduate history degree from Yale University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He has published essays on the Huguenot diaspora in Ireland, British and Irish political thought in the late-Stuart era, and the history of wine consumption in Britain from the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. His first book, The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History (2013, paperback 2016), used wine consumption as a window onto English, Scottish, and British political culture from Cromwell to Queen Victoria.  He was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London in 2014. Since earning his doctorate in 2003, Ludington has taught Early Modern and Modern British history, European history, European intellectual history, and food history at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. He has won three teaching awards, including lecturer of the year in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University, where he was made a Teaching Associate Professor of History in 2013. From 2015-17, Ludington has been a Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at University College Cork and Universite de Bordeaux-Michel Montaigne. He is investigating the role of Irish merchants in the development of Bordeaux wine into a luxury product during the period 1700-1855.


Undergraduate advising (History)

Office Hours

  • Tue: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Or By Appointment


Research Publications


Food Fights: How the Past Matters in Contemporary Food Debates, edited with Matthew Booker (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, forthcoming 2018)

A Long Shadow: The Story of an Ulster-Irish Family (CreateSpace, 2017)

The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, paperback 2016)

Published Essays

“United Kingdom: Taxes, Prejudices, and a Volatile Love of Wine,” in Kym Anderson and Vicente Pinilla, eds., Wine’s Evolving Globalization: Comparative Histories of the Old and New Worlds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

“The Politics of Wine in Eighteenth-Century England,” History Today 63:7 (July 2013), cover and 42-48.

“Drinking for Approval: Wine and the British Court from George III to Victoria and Albert,” in Danielle de Vooght, ed., Royal Taste (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011), 57-86.

“‘Claret is the Liquor for boys: Port for Men’: How Port Became the Englishman’s Wine, c. 1750-1800,” Journal of British Studies 48:2 (April, 2009), 364-90.

“To the king o’er the water”: Scottishness and claret, c. 1660-1763,” in Mack Holt, ed., Alcohol: A Social and Cultural History (Oxford: Berg Press, 2006), 164-84.

“‘Be sometimes to your country true’: The politics of wine in England, 1660-1714,” in  Adam Smyth, ed., A Pleasing Sinne: Drink and Conviviality in Early Modern England (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2004), 89-106.

“A good and most particular taste: The consumption and meaning of luxury claret in early-eighteenth century England, 1702-1730s” in A. Lynn Martin and Barbara Santich, eds., Culinary History (Brompton: East Street, 2004), 77-86.

“The Huguenot Diaspora: Refugee Networks of Power,” in Hiram Morgan, ed. Information, Media and Power through the Ages (Cork: Irish Academic Press, 2001), 84-95

“From Ancient Constitution to British Empire:  William Atwood and the Imperial Crown of England,” in Jane Ohlmeyer, ed. Political Thought in Seventeenth-Century Ireland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 244-70.

“Between Myth and Margin:  The Huguenots in Irish History,” Historical Research, 73:181 (February 2000), 1-19.


“Inventing Grand Cru Claret: Irish Wine Merchants in Eighteenth-Century Bordeaux”, The Irish Community in Bordeaux in the Long-Eighteenth Century, Bordeaux, France, November 25, 2017

“Le Vin et Deux Villes: Bordeaux et Porto,” Ville et Vin en France et en Europe du XVe siecle a nos jours, Universite de Bordeaux-Montaigne, Bordeaux, France, November 23, 2017

“The MacCarthys of Bordeaux,” MacCarthy Culture and History Weekend, Dunmanway, Cork, May 26, 2017

“Irish Wine Merchants and the Problem of Heritage,” 12th Annual Conference, Association of Franco-Irish Studies, Limerick, May 20, 2017

“Innovation among Irish Wine Merchants in Eighteenth Century Bordeaux,” UCC Food Conference: Innovation in Irish Food and Drink: Past, Present, and Future, Cork, Ireland, March 11, 2017

“Le Vrai et le Faux: Qu’est ce que le Vin de Porto,” Universite de Toulouse, Jean Jaures, January 26, 2017

“Irish Merchants and the Development of Bordeaux Wines,” Cork Public Library Public Lecture Series, September 17, 2016

“Irish History and the Development of Port and Bordeaux Wines,” Glandore Classic Boat Summer School, Glandore, Co. Cork, Ireland, July 16, 2016

“Wine in Great Britain: A Brief Economic History,” American Association of Wine Economists 10th Annual Conference, Pre-Conference Symposium, Bordeaux, France, June 19, 2016

“Salt-Beef and Butter: Cork’s Role in the Bordeaux Wine Trade, Cork Harbor Festival, Cork, Ireland, June 9, 2016

“Quiet Revolutionaries: Irish Wine Merchants and the Creation of Bordeaux Grands Crus Wines, Dublin Gastronomy Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, June 1, 2016

“Irish Merchants and the Creation of Bordeaux Grands Crus Wines,” 2eme Conference Internationale d’Histoire des Cultures d’Alimentation, Institut Europeen d’Histoire et du Culture de l’Alimentation, Tours, France, May 26, 2016

“Irish Merchants and the Creation of Bordeaux Grands Crus Wines,” Worlds in a Wine Glass Conference: Perspectives From the Humanities and Social Sciences, King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom, May 9, 2016

“Les Grands Vins de Bordeaux: Ireland’s Role in the Development of Luxury Claret,” History Research Seminar Series at University College Cork, January 28, 2016

Plenary Speaker: “Trade, Tax, and Taste: How Bordeaux and Port Became World Famous Wines,” A Safe Place for Ships: Second Annual Irish Maritime History Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, October 16, 2015

Faculty Graduation Speaker, Department of History, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, May 9, 2015

“From the West Country to the World: A Global History of Cheddar Cheese,” Britain and the World Conference, Austin, TX, April 4, 2015

“Terroir or not Terroir: A Global History of Cheddar Cheese,” American Society of Environmental History, Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 21, 2015

“Just our Type: A Brief History of Men’s Clubs in the English-Speaking World,” East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, September 12, 2012, Chapel Hill, NC 

“Why was Handel’s Theodora a failure?” The Theodora Experience: Sense and Sound from the Eighteenth Century, UNC-Chapel Hill, January 27, 2014

“Wine and the ‘First Modern Society Debate’: What the Hanoverian Elite Can Tell Us,” North American Conference on British Studies, Montreal, November 2012

“Collateral Damage: War, Taxes, Politeness, and the Creation of Luxury Bordeaux Wines,” Food History: From Theory to Practice, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, May 2012

“The Englishman’s Wine,” English Speaking Union, Colonial Branch, New Bern North Carolina, November 2011

“Drinking for Power: The Great British Drinking Contest of the late-Georgian Era,” Intoxicants and Intoxication in Historical Perspective, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, England, UK, July 2010.

“Masculinity, War, and Wine,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, February 2010.

“Port and Britishness in the Eighteenth Century,” American Historical Association, 124th Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 2010.

“The Politics of Wine in England, 1679-1689,” Bangor University Restoration Conference III, Bangor, Wales, UK, July 2009.

“Politeness, Wine Connoisseurship, and Political Power in Early-Eighteenth-Century England,” In Vino Veritas Conference, Center for Early Modern and Medieval Studies, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, April 2009

“Claret, Port and British Identity in the Eighteenth Century,” The British Scholar, Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, February, 2009

“The Politics of Drunkenness in Britain, 1780-1820,” Southern Conference on British Studies, Annual Conference, New Orleans, October 2008

“British Identity in Scotland, 1764-1815: What the Taste for Wine Can Tell Us,” British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Postgraduate Conference, Winchester, June 2008

“Politics, Port and the English Middle Ranks, 1714-1760s” American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 2008

“How Port Became the Englishman’s Wine, 1756-1800,” Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies, Annual Conference, San Marino, California, March 2008

“Collateral Damage: War and the Development of Luxury Wines, the Cases of Claret and Port,” University of North Carolina School of Law, April 2007

“The Netherlands, the Glorious Revolution and British Historical Memory,” The Netherlandish Seventeenth Century and its Afterlives, Duke University, Durham, NC, March 2007

“By God, he drinks like a man!: Wine, Masculinity and Britishness,” British Studies Seminar, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 2004

“Be sometimes to your country true: Claret, Port and the politics of wine in England, 1660-1714,” Drink and Conviviality in Early Modern England, University of Reading, United Kingdom, July 2001 

“ ‘A good and most particular taste’: The Rise and Meaning of Luxury Claret in England, 1702-1730s,” Second International Conference on the History of Food and Drink, Adelaide University, Australia, July 2001

“The politics of wine in Britain and Ireland, 1660-1860,” Michigan State University, 31st Annual Midwest American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, November 2000

“The Huguenot Diaspora: Refugee Networks of Power,”, The 24th Irish Conference of Historians, University College Cork (Ireland), May 1999

“Neither Saxon nor Celt: The Huguenots in Irish History,” Columbia University Irish Studies Seminar, New York, NY, and Princeton University Graduate Student History Conference, Princeton, NJ, October 1997


B.A. History Yale University 1987

M.A. History Columbia University 1995

M.Phil. History Columbia University 1997

Ph.D. History Columbia University 2003

Area(s) of Expertise

British and Irish History, 1600-1900; Food History; Wine History; 18th Century France