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Nicole Brown


Email: [[e|ncbrown]]
Research Interests: Intersectional relationship between 18th century religion, education, and the institution of slavery; literacy of enslaved peoples; African American education in colonial Virginia; enslaved narratives and oral histories; race, gender, and power dynamics in the 18th century British Empire; charitable institutions in the British Empire


Nicole Brown is an M.A. student in American Studies. Her topics of interest center around American women’s roles in education, legislation, religion, and the institution of slavery. In addition to her graduate work, Mrs. Brown works full-time as a public historian that specializes in performing, researching, and interpreting women in Virginia spanning from 1750 to 1820. She has performed at a variety of historic and cultural sites, such as The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Monticello, and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. She currently works full-time portraying Ann Wager and developing programming on the Williamsburg Bray School for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Mrs. Brown’s research has also taken her across the globe. Nicole spoke in Reims, France at the 2018 National Association for Interpretation’s annual conference regarding the efficacy of using character interpretation to discuss challenging topics. She has also conducted research trips to the University of Oxford and Lambeth Palace Library to study the topics of religion, education, and slavery in Colonial Virginia. Her ongoing study of the Bray Associates and Black literacy in American history is a main focus of her current research.