Nicole Belolan

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the History of American Civilization program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. I hold an M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

I am a historian of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American social and cultural history. I specialize in the history of everyday life through material culture and disability studies. My museum expertise lies in collections management, care, and interpretation of objects made and used in America from the eighteenth century to the present. I love teaching history through objects in both classroom and museum settings.

My dissertation,“Navigating the World: The Material Culture of Physical Mobility Impairment in the Early American North, 1728-1861,” is about material culture and physical disability in early America.

This year, my dissertation research and writing is being funded by a University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship, a Winterthur Library and Museum Dissertation Fellowship, a Center for Historic American Visual Culture American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, and a Caesar Rodney Fellowship from the General Society of Colonial Wars.

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