Nichole Nelson is a sixth-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 examines how the Fair Housing Movement yielded to white supremacy through an analysis of the national history of fair housing policy and national and local activism. It examines fair housing groups’ and federal agencies’ effort and failure to abolish housing discrimination. Although the Fair Housing Movement had enlightened factions who displayed genuine heroism, but moderate policies ultimately prevailed. 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, a travel grant from the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration from Yale University, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition from Yale University, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies Graduate Fellowship from Yale University, the John F. Enders Fellowship from Yale University, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, from Yale University, and the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders 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.