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 the co-editor of the Washington Post Made by History blog, a contributing editor to Vox, 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 U.S. 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 PhD 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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In this episode, Neil, Natalia, and Niki discuss a proposed “sex strike,” historian David McCullough’s new book, and the life and legacy of Doris Day.
Nicole Hemmer Past Present
On social media, opponents of these laws circulated composite images of the all-male coalitions who passed them, underscoring the absence of women legislators. But while their point about representation is important, that focus on the men behind the bills obscures the role of women like Governor Kay Ivey, who signed Alabama's abortion bill into law just a few days ago. These women are a vital part of this story, a reminder that anti-women laws are less a product of male politicians, and more a function of patriarchal politics.
Nicole Hemmer The Age
Nicole Hemmer, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia, said Trump might convince most of his base to support a war, but that there would be near-term costs. “There is a part of President Trump's base that is avowedly anti-intervention, and will strongly protest intervention in Venezuela or Iran. This strain runs from libertarians and paleoconservatives into the darker recesses of the alt-right,” Hemmer said.
Nicole Hemmer Washington Examiner
“It is a misrepresentation of what was happening in Charlottesville to say it was a statue protest that went wrong,” said Nicole Hemmer, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center who lives in Charlottesville and attended the rally as an observer. “Anyone who was there that day would have walked into a park of people waving Nazi flags and people who were Klansmen. It was not a secret who put that rally on that day.”
Nicole Hemmer The Washington Post
n this episode, Natalia, Niki, and Neil discuss the legacy of filmmaker John Singleton, an anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times, and the latest social media sensation, TikTok.
Nicole Hemmer Past Present
The 2016 election was a scarring experience for the party, which believed it had a lock on the showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The lingering trauma of that nasty Election Night surprise feels more pressing than ever as the election draws nearer and the party gets a second chance to edge out Trump. But it still feels strange to see these two men at the top of the pack for a party that has changed so much in the past decade. After all, it's been 15 years since the Democrats nominated a white man for president, and they've done quite well without one. Barack Obama won two presidential elections, and while Clinton lost in 2016, she pulled in three million more votes than Trump.
Nicole Hemmer The Age