Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault, doctoral student, History Department, UConn2020-2021 Draper Dissertation Fellow at UCHI

Office: Wood Hall 315
Office Hours: Email for appointment

Advisor: Cornelia H. Dayton

Dissertation: The Night Watch of Boston: Law and Governance in Eighteenth-Century British America

Fields: United States, Encounter to Present
Gender, Law, and Society in America, England, and France, 1500-1900
Institutions, Governance, and State Formation in Medieval and Early Modern Britain

Research Interests: legal history, social and cultural history, urban governance, institutions, gender, material culture, and space


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


Selected Publications:
“Do You Think to Stand Four Regiments?”: Conflict and Authority in the Streets of Occupied Boston, The Beehive, Massachusetts Historical Society, July 2019
Review of Virginia Anderson, The Martyr and the Traitor: Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and The American Revolution, in Connecticut History Review, No. 57, Vol. 1 (Spring 2018)
“Keeping Order in the North End: On Patrol with the Night Watch,” The Messenger, Old North Church. March 2018.
“Circuit Courts” in World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 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. North Carolina State University. May 2014.


Selected Presentations:
“The Night Watch of Boston: Law and Governance in Eighteenth-Century British America,” Lightning Round, American Historical Association, 2020
“The Right to Hail an Officer at Night: Contests of Authority in Occupied Boston,” Massachusetts Historical Society Brown Bag Series, 2019
“Keeping Order: The Night Watch of Early Boston,” Colonial Society of Massachusetts Graduate Forum, 2019
“An Epistemology of Cruelty: Witness Testimony in the Murder Trial of Richard Lamb, London 1733,” Brown University Legal Studies Conference, 2018
“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


Selected Awards, Honors, and Grants:
Robert L. Middlekauff Fellow, The Huntington Library, 2020-2021
Draper Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, 2020-2021
Littleton-Griswold Grant in US Legal History, American Historical Association, 2019-2020
Research Fellow, New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, 2019-2020
Boston Athenæum Community Fellowship, 2019-2020
Louis Leonard Tucker Alumni Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018-2019
Harry J. Marks Fellowship, Department of History, University of Connecticut, 2018
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