Nichole Nelson

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Nichole Nelson is a third-year doctoral candidate in the History Department, studying twentieth-century American History, with a focus on post-WWII urban and suburban history.  More specifically, her dissertation will examine how small suburban communities that choose to intentionally racially integrate in order to increase their property values, can serve as potential models to achieve racial residential integration nationwide, in light of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) missed opportunity to achieve integration during George Romney’s tenure as HUD Secretary from 1969 through 1973.  Nichole is a recipient of several fellowships including the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Summer Short-Term Fellowship, the Hugh Davis Graham Award from the Institute for Political History, the Bordin-Gillete Researcher Travel Fellowship from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies Graduate Fellowship from Yale University, and the John F. Enders Fellowship from Yale University. 
Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Nichole worked at the American Philosophical Society and Bryn Mawr College.  Nichole received her M.A. in History from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and her B.A. in American History with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude, in 2011.