Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault, doctoral student, History Dept, University of CTOffice: Wood Hall 215
Advisor: Cornelia H. Dayton
Field: Early America
Areas of Interest: Law and society, governance and institutions, space, material culture

Dissertation: The Night Watch System of Early Boston, 1631-1838


B.A. Political Science, University of Vermont, 2010
M.A. History, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2014
Thesis: “Tenacious of their Lands: Fortifying the District of Mashpee, 1834-1842”


Selected Publications:
“Circuit Courts” in World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO (forthcoming Fall 2018)

“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. (May 2014)


Selected Presentations:
“Landscape of Order: A Spatial Approach to the Reports of Boston’s Night Watch,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies Graduate Conference, University of Pennsylvania, 2017

“We are obliged to be out very often to still noises”: Sound in Boston’s Night Watch Reports, New England Historical Association, 2017

“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:
Albert E. and Wilda E. Van Dusen Scholarship, Department of History, University of Connecticut, 2017
The Graduate History Book Award for Excellence, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2015
Outstanding Conference Paper Travel Award, North Carolina State University, 2013
Dr. Robert W. Spayne Master’s Thesis Research Grant, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2012