Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault

2021-2022 David Center for the American Revolution Predoctoral Fellow, American Philosophical Society


Advisor: Cornelia H. Dayton

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

Specialty Field: Early America

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

Selected Fellowships and Awards:
David Center for the American Revolution Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 2021-2022
Robert L. Middlekauff Fellow, The Huntington Library, 2020-2021
Draper Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, 2020-2021
John Tanaka Graduate Student Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi, 2020
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

Selected Presentations:
“For the Better Regulation of the Town: Night Watches in Post-Revolutionary Boston,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, 2021
“To Prevent Disorders in the Night: Race, Status, and the Use of Surveillance in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium, 2020
“The Right to Hail an Officer at Night: Contests of Authority in Occupied Boston,” Massachusetts Historical Society Brown Bag Series, 2019
“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

Prior Degrees:
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