Advisor: Christopher Clark
Areas of Interest: Early North American history, law and society, space and place, material culture
Nicole Breault earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and her M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to pursuing a PhD, Nicole served as a museum educator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and as the Manager of Education at the Lynn Museum in Lynn, MA where she designed and executed immersive educational programs for third-grade students and college students.
“Their supervision was temporal not ecclesiastical: The Establishment of Mashpee Parish, 1834-1840,” in Decentering Discussions on Religion and the State: Emerging Narratives, Challenging Perspectives, ed. Sargon Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant, Lexington Books, 2015.
“Testing Rights in Contested Space: The District of Marshpee versus Reverend Phineas Fish, 1833-1839.” The Graduate. http://history.ncsu.edu/projects/ojs/ (May 2014)
“Liberty to Preach”: The Strata of Faith on Lynn Common, New England Historical Association, 2015
“History, Heroes, and Myths: The Narrative of Public Art in Salem, Massachusetts,” Historic Deerfield- Wellesley Symposium, 2015
“The Defendants are guilty in the form and manner as the Plaintiff declares”: Mashpee District By-laws and the Barnstable County Court of Common Pleas, 1836, Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2014
Selected Awards, Honors, and Grants:
The Graduate History Book Award for Excellence in Class of 2014-2015, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015
Outstanding Conference Paper Travel Grant, North Carolina State University, Department of History, 2013
Dr. Robert W. Spayne Master’s Thesis Research Grant, University of Massachusetts Boston, Graduate Studies, Fall 2012