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Michelle Marie Nickerson
Assistant Professor-Arts & Humanities
Office MailstopMail Box: JO31, JO 5.426, Room No.: 5.426 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972.883.2063    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.American Studies ProgramYALE UNIVERSITY2003
 B.A.History and GermanRUTGERS UNIVERSITY, New Brunswick, New Jersey1994
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Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right (Princeton University Press, 
Spring 2012)

Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey (forthcoming, Spring 2011)
Category: Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Rig...
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)
Category: Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place and R...
Politically Desperate Housewives: Women and Conservatism in Postwar Los Angeles, California History 86: 3 (June 2009), 4-21.
Category: California History
Popular press articles
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
Category: The Pacific Historical Review
Book reviews
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2010 2010 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
2009 2009 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
2009 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
2009 2009 Media, Culture, and Western Social Movements
comment, Western History Association Conference, Denver, October, 2009
2008 2008 The Prototypical Sunbelt City: The Politics of Phoenix's Growth and Development
comment, Urban History Association Conference, Houston, November, 2008
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2006-PresentAssistant Professor of Historical StudiesSchool of Arts and Humanities University of Texas at Dallas
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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.

Classroom Teaching
  • 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

Employment History
  • 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

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