BioNathaniel Holly received his B.A. in Philosophy from Clemson University in 2007 and his M.A. in Cherokee History from Western Carolina University in 2012. His M.A. Thesis, entitled "The Plasticity of Place: The Lives of Cherokee Sacred Places and the Struggles to Protect Them" examined people's changing relationships to sacred places in the southern Appalachians.
Nathaniel is currently a PhD candidate working with Dr. Joshua Piker. His research focuses on the intersections of urban, colonial, and indigenous histories in the early American southeast. His dissertation, tentatively titled, “From Chota to Charles Town: The Urban Lives of Cherokees," examines the experiences of Cherokees in urban places throughout the early modern Atlantic world. He has presented his work at the British Group for Early American History Annual Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Ethnohistory, and a number of graduate student conferences, including the NCAIS Graduate Student Conference at the Newberry Library. He has published book reviews in Historical Geography, Chronicles of Oklahoma, the South Carolina Historical Magazine, Southern Spaces, and H-Net. He has also published two articles: "Living Memorials to the Past: The Preservation of Nikwasi and the "Disappearance of North Carolina's Cherokees" in the July 2015 issue of the North Carolina Historical Review and “Transatlantic Indians in the Early Modern Era" in the October 2016 issue of History Compass. His research has received support from the American Historical Association, the American Philosophical Society, the Omohundro Institute, and the North Caroliniana Society.