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.

Nicole Hemmer News Feed

“This idea of making [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] the face of the Democratic party hits a lot of boxes for them,” said Nicole Hemmer of the Miller Center. “She is young, a symbol of the party moving to the left, and she isn’t afraid of the word ‘socialism.’”
Nicole Hemmer Boston Herald
Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor of Presidential studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and the author of “Messengers of the Right,” a history of the conservative media’s impact on American politics, says of Fox, “It’s the closest we’ve come to having state TV.”
Nicole Hemmer The New YOrker
"Hemmer argues that Fox—which, as the most watched cable news network, generates about $2.7 billion a year for its parent company, 21st Century Fox—acts as a force multiplier for Trump, solidifying his hold over the Republican Party and intensifying his support.
Nicole Hemmer WBUR On Point
Presidents have long been close with media outlets. But this is different.
When it comes to op-eds, you have Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University professor of history, who contributes to CNN. Furthermore, Nicole Hemmer — a professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center — is a Vox columnist, helped found Made By History and is one of the founders of Past Present.
Nicole Hemmer Trinitonian
Now, it's true that Trump has often defied political history and conventional wisdom. And perhaps he will again here. But even his unconventional presidency has been built on a very conventional approach to economic empathy: promising steel workers he'll reopen plants, promising coal miners he'll restore their industry, promising "the forgotten people" that they have been remembered, and that, by dismantling NAFTA and throwing up tariffs and keeping out immigrants, he will bring them the economic prosperity that 40 years of deindustrialisation and globalisation have taken from them. Even though he will almost certainly never make good on these economic promises, the act of making them helped build his political base.
Nicole Hemmer The Sydney Morning Herald