Nicole Adrian

Headshot of Nicole Adrian.

Ph.D. Student

Fontaine Fellow
Clio co-president 2023-2024

Nicole Adrian is a second-year doctoral student studying environmental history with a focus on agriculture. She is interested in the development of corporate agribusiness and its influence on the U.S. policymaking process throughout the twentieth century. 

She is currently a graduate fellow for the Business, Economic, and Financial History Project (BEFH) at the Wharton School, organized by the Wharton Initiative for Financial Policy and Regulation (WIFPR). For the AY 2023-2024 Nicole is serving as the co-president for Clio, the history department's graduate student organization.

Prior to Penn, Nicole studied history, environmental studies, conservation biology, and public policy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After graduation, she worked for two years as a public sector consultant.

Advisor: Jared Farmer


M.P.A., Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin - Madison

B.S., History and Conservation Biology, Environmental Studies Certificate, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests

Environmental history, agricultural history, political history, political economy, farm finance, food studies, and U.S. policy.

Courses Taught

History 1153 – Transformations Of Urban America, 1945 to Today (Fall 2023; B. Cebul)