Dr Nicole Hemmer

Assistant Professor in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center


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

Dr Nicole Hemmer is assistant professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center and a research associate at the US Studies Centre. She is a columnist for Vox, U.S. News & World Report, and The Age. Her writing has also appeared in a number of national and international publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, Politico, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Sydney Morning Herald. She is the author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics (Penn Press, 2016), and is also the host and producer of the Past Present podcast.

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.

Hemmer developed Messengers of the Right while a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre. The book chronicles the first generation of American conservative media activists, who began establishing outlets in the 1940s and 1950s. 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 20th century. Her next book project charts the radical transformations in the American conservative movement in the 1990s.