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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"The United States has no national leader," writes the Miller Center's Nicole Hemmer in the Age. "And without a leader, it is daily becoming less safe and more chaotic."
Nicole Hemmer The Age
That high school students have emerged as political activists may come as a surprise. When people talk about student activism, they almost always focus on college students; when they talk about school politics, they almost always focus on parents pushing for changes to curriculum. But while they’re seldom the center of the stories we tell about politics, high school students have repeatedly found ways to exercise their citizenship, even before they have full access to their rights.
Nicole Hemmer US News & World Report
You could feel the panic wafting off the presidential Twitter feed. In less than 24 hours, Donald Trump spit out more than a dozen tweets in response to the sweeping indictments handed down by the Justice Department’s special counsel on Friday. Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies face charges of criminally interfering with the 2016 presidential election. And while the charges did not touch on the issue of collusion with the Trump campaign, the President quickly lashed out on Twitter, attacking everyone from his National Security Adviser to Barack Obama to the FBI.
Nicole Hemmer The Age
"The United States has no national leader," writes the Miller Center's Nicole Hemmer in the Brisbane Times. "And without a leader, it is daily becoming less safe and more chaotic."
Nicole Hemmer Brisbane Times
What sets Trump's immigration policy apart is not the number of arrests or deportations. While immigration-related arrests were up in Trump's first year, deportations were down thanks to a backlogged system. But Trump has distinguished himself from Barack Obama, who was occasionally derided as "Deporter-in-Chief," not through numbers but through cruelty. Whereas the Obama administration focused on deporting undocumented immigrants who had committed serious, often violent, criminal infractions, the Trump administration has undone the rules guiding prioritization, including those meant to bring humanity to immigration enforcement.
Nicole Hemmer US News & World Report
The stories swirling around President Trump's disdain for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe helped to clarify one thing: Trump's deep devotion to the politics of humiliation, writes the Miller Center's Nicole Hemmer.
Nicole Hemmer US News & World Report