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.

Nicole Hemmer News Feed

Sean Hannity is exactly where he wants to be, despite the questions of conflicts of interest raised by the revelation this week that he is also a client of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. His relationship with Trump is so tight that one presidential adviser says Hannity “basically has a desk” in the Oval Office.
Nicole Hemmer The Washington Post
Miller Center scholars are featured in a wide range of Virginia Festival of the Book events this week
Nicole Hemmer, an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, moderated the debate. Hemmer covered major topics such as gun violence, healthcare, economic growth and education, among other issues.
Nicole Hemmer The Cavalier Daily
Indivisible Charlottesville hosted a debate Saturday among the four candidates running for the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 5th Congressional District. Moderated by University of Virginia professor Nicole Hemmer, the debate gave voters a chance to hear from all of the candidates — Andrew Sneathern, R. D. Huffstetler, Ben Cullop and Leslie Cockburn.
Nicole Hemmer Daily Progress
The stunning series of interviews re-introduced the world to Nunberg, who had largely disappeared from the public eye. His interviews have returned attention to the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But they should also highlight a pattern in Donald Trump's political career: He hires the very worst people. And it's not just a matter of mismanagement. Trump hires people whose qualities he shares. His personnel flaws are, in fact, his personal flaws.

Nicole Hemmer US News & World Report
The kids are all right. That’s the takeaway from the last several weeks in the US, where teenagers have been leading a new gun-control movement that seems to have some staying power — an unexpected development in a nation where the combination of frequent massacres and congressional inaction have led to a sort of numb nihilism.
Nicole Hemmer The Sydney Morning Herald