Department of History

Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair Assistant Professor
320A Thach Hall
(334) 844-6645

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 12-1
  • Wednesday 9:30-11
  • Thursday 12-1


Melissa Estes Blair’s research focuses on women and politics in the United State in the years since World War II. Her first book, Revolutionizing Expectations: Women’s Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics 1965-1980 examines the role of mainstream women’s organizations such as the YWCA and League of Women Voters in the women’s movement of the 1970s. Her research has been supported by the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, the Charles Redd Center for Western History at BYU, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University, among others. She has also received many teaching accolades, including the Lantern Society Award for Leadership in Women’s Education from the University of Virginia and several nominations for teacher of the year at Warren Wilson College.


Prior to joining Auburn, she taught for six years at Warren Wilson College, a small liberal arts college outside of Asheville, North Carolina. At Warren Wilson she was responsible for a wide range of U.S. history courses and was also a member of the Gender & Women’s Studies and Africana Studies faculties. At Auburn she looks forward to offering courses on U.S. women’s and gender history as well as other topics in U.S. history such as grassroots political movements and African-American history.


2008    Ph.D., University of Virginia

2003    M.A., University of Virginia

2002    B.A., University of Kentucky

Last Updated: January 04, 2017