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Santa Clara University
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US Progressive Era, US Women, Lesbians and Gays, US Environmental
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About Me

Nancy C. Unger is Professor and Chair of History at Santa Clara University. She’s the author of two award-winning biographies, Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer; and Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Her book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History was a California Book Award finalist. Her new book, co-edited with Christopher McKnight Nichols, is A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.  She is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and essays on the history of progressive reform. Her op-eds applying lessons of the past to present-day problems have appeared on,, and in newspapers nationwide, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Examiner, and the San Jose Mercury News. She has been featured multiple times on C-SPAN TV, consulted with Bill Moyers for PBS, and her radio appearances include National Public Radio, KQED, Air America, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Talking History.

Recent Publications
  1. A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Co-edited with Christopher McKnight Nichols. Wiley-Blackwell. 2017.
  2. “Adda F. Howie: ‘America’s Outstanding Woman Farmer,’” Wisconsin Magazine of History 100th anniversary edition, 100, no. 4 (Summer 2017): 40-45.
  3. “Gender Politics in the Supreme Court’s Lochner Era: Interpreting the Constitution to Uphold Efforts to Limit Revolutions in American Morality,” On-Going Revolutions in the U.S. and Europe. Marie Bolton and Marie-Elisabeth Baudin, eds. (Paris, 2017): 317-336.
  4. Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Routledge, 2016.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Environment, Gender, Sexuality, World War I