Nicole Kirk

Faculty Representative
Associate Professor, Rev. Dr. J. Frank and Alice Schulman Chair in Unitarian Universalist History

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary
DMin, Princeton Theological Seminary
BA, Westminster College
MDiv, Vanderbilt University

Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk is the first Rev. Dr. J. Frank and Alice Schulman Chair of Unitarian Universalist History.

Nicole Kirk is a historian of American religious history. She joined the faculty in 2012 after earning her Ph.D. in American Church History at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the first to hold the Schulman Chair of Unitarian Universalist History. Her current research focuses on American religious history in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research interests include business, religion, technology, and material and visual culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  

Kirk’s first book, Wanamaker’s Temple: The Business of Religion in an American Department Store was published from New York University Press in October 2018. She was a part of the editorial board and a contributor to the two-volume set, Documentary History of Unitarian Universalism (2017). Kirk is currently working on a book tentatively titled Railroad Religion: The Religious Worlds of Railroad Barons and Their Workers. This book explores the complex and surprising ways the construction of railroads and the wealth they produced transformed American religion.