Nicole Hemmer is an Honorary Associate at the United States Studies Centre and Assistant Professor in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center, working with the Presidential Recordings Program.
She is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column about politics and history, and a syndicated columnist for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. Her writing has also appeared in a number of national and international publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, Politico, Vox, and the Los Angeles Times. Her book, Messengers of the Right, a history of conservative media in the United States, was published in Penn Press’s Politics and Culture in Modern America series in September 2016. She also co-hosts and produces Past Present, a history podcast that launched in October 2015.
Hemmer holds an MA, MPhil, and PhD in history from Columbia University, and has taught US history at Manchester University in Indiana and the University of Miami in Florida.
In 2011 to 2012, while Hemmer was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Studies Centre, she developed Messengers of the Right. The book chronicles the first generation of American conservative media activists, who began establishing outlets in the 1940s and 1950s. It follows broadcaster Clarence Manion, book publisher Henry Regnery, and magazine publisher William Rusher as they evolved from frustrated outsiders in search of a platform into leaders of one of the most significant and successful political movements of the 20th century. Her next book project charts the radical transformations in the American conservative movement in the 1990s. Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics was published in 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
Historians valiantly tried, and mostly failed, to understand and interpret President Trump’s recent remarks about President Andrew Jackson. Among other comments, Trump seemed to assert that Jackson, who died in 1845, could have prevented the Civil...