Michelle Nickerson

Michelle Nickerson

Michelle Nickerson is an associate professor of history at Loyola University, Chicago, where she teaches U.S. women's, gender, urban, and political history. She studies American conservatism, suburbanization, American Catholicism, the anti–Vietnam War movement, feminism, and the Cold War. Nickerson is the author of Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right (2012) and a coeditor of Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region (2011). She is also a co-moderator of the Newberry Library's women and gender seminar. She is currently writing about the Camden 28 of the Catholic antiwar movement in 1971.

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  • Behind the Scenes: Women Leaders and Conservative Movement Politics, 1950–1965
  • Our Problem with "Truthiness": The Centuries-long History of Fake News in the United States *
  • The "New World Order" Conspiracy Theory in American History
  • The History of Our Populist Presidency: Traditions of Anti-Elitism in American Politics *
  • Women and Modern Conservatism

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.