About Nicole

Detail of Desire Tripp's arm's gravestone from 1786 (Newport, RI)
Desire Tripp’s arm’s gravestone in Newport, RI (1786)

I am the Megan Giordano Fellow in Public History at Rowan University where I teach courses in public history. As part of that appointment, I am also the curator at Red Bank Battlefield and the Whitall House (a Gloucester County, NJ, park) in National Park, New Jersey.

I earned my PhD from the History of American Civilization program in the Department of History at the University of Delaware. 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. 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.

Email me at nicole [at] nicolebelolan [dot] org.