Bio


Nicole Martin is a social and cultural historian interested in how Americans have framed, understood, and reconciled questions about belonging and place in relation to territorial expansion. Her research and teaching interests are in gender and women’s history, Reconstruction, the American West, and settler colonialism. She received a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University (2018), an M.St. in Women’s Studies from Oxford University, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current manuscript project traces the creation and rise of the American home as the core social concept organizing nineteenth-century American society. It uncovers how the federal government, social and moral reformers, and various cultural authorities wielded the home as a powerful tool to first connect and then reconstruct the expanding nation according to a single vision of American citizenship. She has taught courses on the Age of Jefferson, the Gilded Age, Women in Modern America, and Race and Gender in the American West. As a Thinking Matters Fellow at Stanford, she will teach “Race in American Memory” and “American Enemies.”

Academic Appointments


  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Thinking Matters

2018-19 Courses