Dr Nicole Hemmer

Visiting Research Associate at the Miller Center, University of Virginia


Expertise: Media and politics in America; US domestic politics especially the Republican Party and conservative movement; Women and politics in the US

Nicole Hemmer is a visiting research associate at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. She is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column about politics and history. Her writing has also appeared in a number of national and international publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, Los Angeles Times, and Sydney Morning Herald. Her book Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, will be published in Penn Press’s Politics and Culture in Modern America Series in August 2016. She is also the host and producer of Past Present, a podcast that brings together three historians to debate the latest news in politics and culture.

She holds an MA, MPhil, and PhD in history from Columbia University, and has taught US history at Manchester University in Indiana and the University of Miami in Florida.

While a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre, Nicole developed her forthcoming book, Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics. The book chronicles the first generation of American conservative media activists, who began establishing outlets in the 1940s and 1940s. It follows broadcaster Clarence Manion, book publisher Henry Regnery, and magazine publisher William Rusher as they evolved from frustrated outsiders in search of a platform into leaders of one of the most significant and successful political movements of the twentieth century. Her next book project, The Tilted Tower, explores the relationship between conservatives and higher education.