Dr Nicole Hemmer
Nicole Hemmer received her PhD in History from Columbia University in 2010. From 2008-2009, she was a fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and from 2009-2011 she taught U.S. history as a lecturer at Manchester College in Indiana.
While at the United States Studies Centre, Nicole will revise and expand her dissertation, Messengers of the Right: Media and the Modern Conservative Movement, an analysis of conservative media as a source of leadership for the conservative movement since the 1950s. By examining the career of right-wing radio and television personality Clarence Manion, she shows how those in conservative media organized and led the movement, developed the idea of liberal media bias, and transformed conservatism into a powerful political force in the United States. Expanding her dissertation to cover the transition to second-wave conservative media in the 1980s, she argues, will show that conservative media were not only fundamental to the development of modern conservatism in mid-20th century America, but also paved the way for the emergence of powerful conservative broadcasting and print media in the late 20th century.
Nicole¹s broader research and teaching interests include political movements and institutions, suburban culture and politics, and social critics.