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Dr Nicolas Bell-Romero

  • College positions:


    Research Associate

  • University positions:

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Legacies of Enslavement Inquiry

  • Subject:


Bachelor of Economics (University of Sydney [USYD], 2015), Bachelor of Arts in History (USYD, 2016), and PhD in History (Cambridge, 2020).


Research interests

I am a historian of early North America. My research primarily looks at the politics of naming: the act of labelling persons, groups, and events and the power relations and cultural changes that process involves and reveals. My current research explores the politics of epithets – identity terms (such as “patriot,” “republican,” and “American”) that people at the time used to describe themselves, build bonds of belonging, and label their opponents – in the American Revolution. My future research will examine the politics of naming around slavery in the United States, particularly how free and enslaved Black persons tried to exert control over their personal names at a time when slaveholders attempted to rob them of their ability to name themselves or their children.


Teaching interests

I have supervised and lectured on the survey paper, North American History from c.1500 to 1865, and given supervisions on the special subject, The American Revolution in Unexpected Places.


Selected external awards and prizes


Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, Royal Archives, Windsor Castle

David Library of the American Revolution Fellowship, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Peter Nicolaisen Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello



Jacob M. Price Visiting Fellowship at the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Mellon Research Fellowship at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond



Eleanor Sophia Wood Bequest Travelling Scholarship, University of Sydney



The Philippe Erdos Prize in History, Department of History, University of Sydney, awarded for the best Honours thesis in History.

Alumni Scholarship, University of Sydney

Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Federal Government



Book Chapters:

 ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events: Chichester Cheyne’s Revolutionary War, 1778-1783’, in Todd Andrlik, ed., Journal of the American Revolution, Annual Volume 2017 (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2017), pp. 319-325.

‘The Civil War’, in Marjoleine Kars, Michael A. McDonnell, and Andrew M. Schocket, eds., Cambridge History of the American Revolution, vol. 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, TBD).


Other Works:

‘A Long Rifle’, Doing History in Public, <>, published 8 December 2019.

‘Group Interview Series’, Journal of the American Revolution, published 2-6 January 2017.


Other interests

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