Dr Nicole Hemmer

Visiting Scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney & Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Miami

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

Nicole Hemmer received her PhD in History from Columbia University in 2010. From 2008-2009, she was a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and from 2009-2011 she taught U.S. history as a lecturer at Manchester College in Indiana. She is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Miami and a visiting scholar at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

While a postdoctoral fellow at the United States Studies Centre, Nicole revised and expand her dissertation, Messengers of the Right: Media and the Modern Conservative Movement, an analysis of conservative media as a source of leadership for the conservative movement since the 1950s. By examining the career of right-wing radio and television personality Clarence Manion, she shows how those in conservative media organized and led the movement, developed the idea of liberal media bias, and transformed conservatism into a powerful political force in the United States. Expanding her dissertation to cover the transition to second-wave conservative media in the 1980s, she argues, will show that conservative media were not only fundamental to the development of modern conservatism in mid-20th century America, but also paved the way for the emergence of powerful conservative broadcasting and print media in the late 20th century.

Nicole¹s broader research and teaching interests include political movements and institutions, suburban culture and politics, and social critics.

Her research presentation outlining her current work, presented at the recent Contesting "America" conference for postdoctoral fellows at the US Studies Centre, is below.