Nicholas Cole studies the political thought of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. He researches are the influence of classical political thought on America's first politicians, and the search for a new 'science of politics' in post-Independence America. His particular interest is on the history of political thought and the construction of institutions. He is the director of the Quill Project at Pembroke College, which models the negotiation of texts in formal settings. In 2016 the project released its model of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, which is available at http://www.quillproject.net.
Dr Cole teaches the history of the United States, the history of political thought, and Roman history, and supervises theses on the history of political thought, the history of American institutions and classical reception.