Michelle M. Nickerson
Assistant Professor of History
School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas
Box 830688, Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Ph.D., 2003, YALE UNIVERSITY, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New Haven, Connecticut, American Studies Program
Dissertation: Domestic Threats: Women, Gender and Conservatism in Cold War Los Angeles,
B.A., 1994, RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Majors: History and German
Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right
Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey (forthcoming, Spring 2011)
Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place and Region in the American South and Southwest
co-edited with Darren Dochuk
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Penn. (forthcoming, 2011)
“Politically Desperate Housewives: Women and Conservatism in Postwar Los Angeles,” California History 86: 3 (June 2009), 4-21.
“The Power of a Morally Indignant Woman:” Republican Women and the Making of California Conservatism,” The Journal of the West 42: 3 (2003), 35-43.
“Women, Domesticity and Postwar Conservatism,” by Michelle Nickerson in The OAH Magazine of History 17: 2 (2003), 17-21.
Essays in Edited Volumes:
“The Lunatic Fringe Strikes Back: Conservative Opposition to the Alaska Mental Health Bill of 1956,” in The Politics of Healing: Essays on the History of Alternative Medicine, ed. Robert D. Johnston (New York: Routledge, 2004), 117-130.
“Moral Mothers and Goldwater Girls,” in The Conservative Sixties, eds. David Farber and Jeff Roche (New York: Peter Lang, 2003), 51-62, reprinted in Women, Families and Communities Vol. II, eds. Nancy Hewitt and Kirsten Delegard (New York: Longman, 2nd edition, 2007), 213-226.
The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City by Robert Gottlieb, Mark Vallianatos, Regina M. Freer, and Peter Dreier (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005) in The Pacific Historical Review 2006
Selling the City: Gender, Class, and the California Growth Machine, 1880-1940 by Lee M.A. Simpson (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004) in The Western Historical Quarterly 2005
Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right by Lisa McGirr (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press, 2001) in The Southern California Quarterly 2003
Henry M. Jackson: A Life in Politics by Robert Kaufman (Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press, 2000) in The Western Historical Quarterly 2002
Professional Recognitions, Honors, Fellowships
Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship, two-semester fellowship for work on book manuscript, Fall 2005-Summer 2006, Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Butcher Scholar Award, funding for book project, Summer, 2004, Autry National Center, Institute for the American West, Los Angeles, Calif.
Frederick W. Beinecke Prize, for outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Western American History, Spring 2004, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Leylan Prize Dissertation Fellowship, Spring, 2001, Yale Graduate School, New Haven, Conn.
Haynes Research Stipend, funding for dissertation research in California, Spring, 2005, 2001, 2000, Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
Yale College Prize Teaching Award, given by Yale’s undergraduate college and graduate school for teaching performance, Spring, 2000, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Huntington Library Fellowship, three months of support for dissertation research, Spring, 2000, Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Lamar Center Research Fellowship, funding for dissertation research, Spring, 2000, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
John Perry Miller Research Fellowship, funding for dissertation research, Spring, 1999, Yale Graduate School, New Haven, Conn.
“Goldwater’s ‘Moral Mothers:’ Miscalculations of Gender in the 1964 Republican Presidential Campaign,” Goldwater at 100: His Politics, Ideology, and Legacy Conference, Arizona Historical Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona, November 15, 2009
“Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Place, Space, and Region in the American South and Southwest,” pre-circulated draft of introduction to edited volume, Sunbelt Rising, Metropolitan History Workshop, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., November 6, 2009
“Politically Desperate Housewives: Female Activism and Postwar Domesticity,” Wooster College Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, Wooster, Ohio, March, 2007
“The Politics of Privacy: Finding the Cold War Roots of New Right ‘Family Values’,” pre-circulated paper, Johns Hopkins Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., February, 2007
“Women, Anti-Communism and the Politics of Family Values,” Gender Studies Lecture Series, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas, October, 2006
“Reading and Writing on the Right: Conservative Female Political Culture in Postwar Los Angeles,” Women’s Studies Seminar at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., March, 2006
“Women and Anti-Communism in Cold-War Los Angeles,” Julia Stearns Dockweiler Lecture, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, November, 2005
“Women, Gender and the Second Red Scare in Los Angeles Public Schools,” pre-circulated paper, Western History Seminar, Autry National Center, Los Angeles May, 2005
“Is It All Black and White?: Racial Politics and the Right in the 1970s,” will co-chair/comment, American Historical Association Conference, San Diego, 2010
“Media, Culture, and Western Social Movements,” comment, Western History Association Conference, Denver, October, 2009
“The Prototypical Sunbelt City: The Politics of Phoenix's Growth and Development,” comment, Urban History Association Conference, Houston, November, 2008
“Teaching the U.S. History Survey,” Dallas Area Social Historians monthly meeting, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, April, 2008
“Seeing Like an Anti-Statist,” Organization of American Historians Conference, Minneapolis, March, 2007
“New Directions in Western History,” roundtable, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting of the American Historical Association, Stanford, California, August, 2006
“Conservative Initiatives in the Postwar Era,” chair, Pacific Coast Branch Meeting of the American Historical Association, Stanford, California, August, 2006
Whitsett Seminar in California History, comment, California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, California March, 2006
“Reading up on Reds: Women, Anti-Communism and Postwar Conservative Intellectuals,” American Historical Association Conference, Philadelphia, Penn., January, 2006
“Grassroots Conservatism in Post-War California: New Research from The Huntington’s Marie Koenig Papers,” comment, Huntington Library Seminar, San Marino, Calif., October, 2005
“Women, Postwar Domesticity, and Republican Party Conservatism,” Organization of American Historians Conference, Boston, March, 2004
“Revisiting False Consciousness,” roundtable, American Studies Association Conference, Hartford, Conn., October, 2003
“The Feminine Fringe: Women, Domesticity and Postwar Conservatism,” Evolution of Modern Conservatism Conference, Ashland, Ohio, October, 2003
“Saving Hearts and Minds: Women and McCarthyism in Cold War Los Angeles,” Organization of American Historians Conference, Memphis, Tenn., April, 2003
“Education, Not Agitation: Women and McCarthyism in Cold War Los Angeles,” Dallas Area Social Historians monthly meeting, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, March, 2003
“Education or Indoctrination? Mothers against Brainwashing in Cold War Los Angeles,” American Studies Association Conference, Houston, Texas, November, 2002
“100% American Women: California Housewives Shaping Conservatism in Cold War Los Angeles,” Western History Association Conference, Colorado Springs, October, 2002
“‘It Could Happen Here:’ California Housewives, Anti-Communism and the Alaska Mental Health Bill of 1956,” Berkshire Conference for the History of Women and Gender, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, June, 2002
“The Wages of World Government: Women, Isolationism and Opposition to the United Nations in Cold War Los Angeles,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Conference, Washington, DC, June, 2001
2006-2009, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, teach undergraduate “Women in Twentieth Century America,” U.S. History Surveys, core graduate and undergraduate methods courses, graduate “Readings in U.S. Women’s and Gender History,” and graduate “New Directions in U.S. Political History”
2003-2004, Visiting Assistant Lecturer, Southern Methodist University, taught U.S. history surveys
1999 “Wilderness in the North American Imagination,” American Studies, Yale University
1999-2000, Teaching Assistant, Yale University
Administration and Curricular Development
2006-2009 Serve on 12 Dissertation/M.A. Thesis Committees (as director of two dissertations and one thesis)
2009 University Committee on Integrity
2008-2009 School of Arts and Humanities, Lecture Series Committee
2008 School of Arts and Humanities, Committee to Respond to External Review of School
2008 School of Arts and Humanities, Steering Committee to Revise the Arts and Humanities website
2007-2009 School of Arts and Humanities, Graduate Affairs Committee
2007-2008 School of Arts and Humanities, Ad Hoc Committee to revise the undergraduate honors thesis
2007 Summer School of Arts and Humanities, Committee to hire an Adjunct Professor in U.S. History
2007 Committee to hire an Assistant Professor of Chinese History
2008-2010 April-May, W. Turrentine Jackson Dissertation Prize Committee, Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association
2008 October, “Debate at the Spirit Rock,” Organized pre-Presidential debates between representatives from campus Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians at UT Dallas.
2008 October, In the Know, Participant on Panel for Graduate Students at UT Dallas, “Attending Conferences.”
2008 July, Safety Zone Ally Training, Program at UT Dallas to promote safer environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community members.
2008 April, In The Know, Participant on Panel for Graduate Students at UT Dallas, “But What Are You Going to Do with Your Degree? Talking to Non-Academics about Your Academic Career.”
2007 December, Refereed journal manuscript, Southern California Quarterly
2007 August, Refereed journal manuscript for Pacific Historical Review
2006-2007, Program Committee Member for Western History Association Conference in Oklahoma City
2006 June, Refereed journal manuscript, Journal of Policy History
2006 June, Refereed journal manuscript, History Compass Online
Assistant Professor of Historical Studies, August 2006-, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Arts and Humanities
Social Science Reviewer, December 2007, Texas College Readiness Project, reviewed curricular standards for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Humanities Texas, June 2007 “The West and the Shaping of America,” Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, lectured to secondary school teachers about political history in the west as part of a week-long seminar, prepared and presented primary source documents for use in their classrooms
Curatorial Assistant, June 2004, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, composed labels for exhibit, “From George to George: Presidential Elections in the United States, 1788-2004”
Reader/Grader of Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam, June 2003, Educational Testing Service, San Antonio, Texas
Editorial Assistant, May 1997- August 1997, Sachem Press, Guilford, Connecticut, edited and checked facts for historical entries, researched and created time tables for the American Heritage Encyclopedia of American History (New York: Holt and Co., 1998)
Curatorial Assistant, November 1996- November 1997, Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, assisted Curator for Western Americana with research, cataloguing, and exhibits
Staff Assistant, January 1995-August 1996, Brandeis University, Office of Alumni Relations,
Waltham, Massachusetts, created and implemented alumni databases, assisted with reunion- and event-planning, edited and maintained alumni directories, edited Class Notes section of the quarterly Brandeis Review
Park Ranger and German Language Interpreter, May 1994-September1994, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka, Alaska, researched and interpreted Native Alaskan and Russian American history, created and guided historical tours for park visitors, operated visitors’ center and book store, composed press releases, translated for German-speaking visitors, patrolled park trails