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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Members of the Senior Statesmen of Virginia are now a little more knowledgeable about why Charlottesville became a hot spot for white supremacists in August of 2017. They’re taking a closer look at Charlottesville's history, thanks to a woman who studies the history of American politics and media. Nicole Hemmer covered the events of August 11 and 12 for Vox, where she’s a columnist, and she’s also an assistant professor of presidential studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center.
Nicole Hemmer NBC29
A newly discovered cache of documents reveals that Thomas Hofeller, the activist behind the citizenship question, pushed for its addition precisely because it “would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic whites.” That discovery is one more piece of evidence of the Republican Party’s core political strategy: to secure power by shifting the country away from democratic governance.
Nicole Hemmer The Age
More than 40 years ago, Nixon sat in the White House and watched his presidency slip away. Today, Trump watches Fox News and feels much more secure.
NBC News
Today's powerful conservative media ecosystem constantly parrots Trump’s claims of innocence, even as it discredits any critical information — particularly about the Mueller investigation. Fox News and conservative talk radio operate as both ally and megaphone, generating new arguments to support the president while devotedly amplifying every claim he makes. Along with other conservative media outlets, Fox has been working overtime to safeguard the Trump presidency from the Mueller investigation, amplifying his "no collusion, no obstruction" spin.
Nicole Hemmer NBC News
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