Nicole Hemmer

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Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Media and the Press
  • Social Issues
  • Elections
  • Political Parties and Movements
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

Nicole Hemmer is an expert on the history of American politics and media. As an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, she works on a wide-ranging set of projects, both scholarly and public. She works in the Presidential Recordings program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations. Her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media. Her first book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States, and her current work-in-progress is a history of conservatism in the 1990s.

Hemmer is also an active public intellectual, appearing frequently in print and on air. She is a contributing editor to US News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column on politics and history, and she also writes a syndicated columnist for Fairfax Media in Australia. She co-hosts and produces the popular history podcast Past Present. Her commentary on US politics has appeared in numerous national and international outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, Atlantic, New Republic, Vox, Los Angeles Times, and NPR’s Morning Edition. She provides regular analysis to Australian and American broadcast outlets, on both radio and television.

Hemmer holds an appointment as a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in 2011-12. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University, and previously taught at the University of Miami. In 2015, she was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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So why has the right become so vulnerable to conspiracy? The broader ecosystem of conservative media — even the respectable, non-conspiratorial conservative media — shares a good deal of the blame. Whether they’re talking about health-care legislation or the murder of Seth Rich, columnists and radio talkers and cable news hosts have trained conservatives to evaluate sources based on ideology, not facts or logic. Asserting that all media are biased, they have told their audiences to treat trust and truth as functions of tribalism.
Nicole Hemmer The Washington Post
The mass distribution marked a unique publicity initiative by the Republican right in which it largely ignored both the mainstream media and standard GOP publications of the day, such as National Review and Human Events. The sudden flood of privately circulated paperbacks by little-known authors without the imprimatur of established book-publishing companies “energized grassroots conservatives, helped Barry Goldwater secure the GOP nomination, and framed the right’s alternative campaign,” Nicole Hemmer, author of “Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics,” wrote in the Atlantic Online in 2014.
Nicole Hemmer The Washington Post
Even conservatives have historically embraced programs that trade military service for naturalization. That may be why the Trump administration is targeting them.
Kathleen Belew’s gripping study of white power, “Bring the War Home,” was written before the city of Charlottesville became a hashtag, and is largely concerned with activities from the 1970s and ’80s. But it is impossible to read the book without recalling more recent events. Her activists — for indeed, these were activists building a grass-roots movement — consolidated power in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. It is that starting point that hints at the book’s explosive thesis: that the white power movement that reached a culmination with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing emerged as a radical reaction to the war.
Nicole Hemmer The New York Times
Political historian Nicole Hemmer wrote, “You got heckled at a restaurant? Dean Rusk appeared in San Francisco and was greeted by 400 people chanting ‘Dean Rusk: Wanted for Murder.’ Then they hurled ‘rocks, eggs, and blood-filled balloons’ at the hotel where he was speaking.”
Nicole Hemmer Yahoo Lifestyle
Nicole Hemmer reminds us that, in his day, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was thought to be extremely uncivil for organizing civil disobedience and demanding change.
Nicole Hemmer The Washington Post