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 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.

Nicole Hemmer News Feed

That the GOP turned so quickly on King, after supporting him for so many years, is powerful evidence that putting a spotlight on hateful ideas can discredit them. But as we've seen in recent years, that media spotlight can also give them oxygen, providing a platform and legitimacy to proponents of bigotry and even violence. For journalists, this presents a genuine dilemma: In an era in which supporters of racist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynistic ideas are increasingly visible and violent, how do you inform the public without legitimizing the fringes?
Nicole Hemmer CNN
"Rivalry and Reform": Join the Miller Center's (& the University of Virginia's) Sid Milkis and the University of Oregon's Dan Tichenor as they discuss their new book from University of Chicago Press on how presidents and social movements try to use each other to achieve political ends. Lincoln, LBJ, and Reagan all serve as key examples of this fascinating dynamic.
Nicole Hemmer Facebook
"The important thing about how [Trump] uses Twitter is not just that he uses it, but that he is authentic and innovative," Hemmer said after the event. "He uses it in a way that drives news coverage and shapes conversation."
Nicole Hemmer Chattanooga Times Free Press
Trump’s devotion to cable has elevated the political importance of those networks, which remain plagued by myths.
The Washington Post
Trump's "willingness to bring them out on the campaign trail highlights once again how little space now exists between the White House and conservative media," the Miller Center's Nicole Hemmer told CNN.
Nicole Hemmer CNN Business
"Trump has returned to the rhetoric that launched his presidential campaign more than three years ago: fear-mongering and racism," Nicole Hemmer writes.
Nicole Hemmer The Sydney Morning Herald