Department of History

Melissa Blair

Melissa Blair Associate Professor
309 Thach Hall
(334) 844-6645

Office Hours

  • Monday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment
  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and by appointment


Melissa Estes Blair’s research focuses on women and politics in the United State in the twentieth century. 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. She is currently working on book manuscript that explores how presidential campaigns thought about and courted female voters from the advent of women’s suffrage through 1980. A portion of that research will appear in Suffrage at 100: Women’s Uneven Road in American Politics since 1920, the only book examining women’s politics since 1920 to be released for the suffrage centennial in 2020.  Her research has been supported by Auburn’s Office of Research & Economic Development, 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.

Dr. Blair teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in U.S. women’s history, as well as undergraduate courses on twentieth century grassroots politics and the senior thesis course for history majors. She supervises graduate students working on U.S women’s history in any time period, and serves on graduate committees for a variety of 20th century U.S. and Southern history topics. Prior to joining the Auburn faculty in 2015, she taught for six years at Warren Wilson College, a small liberal arts college in North Carolina.


2008    Ph.D., University of Virginia

2003    M.A., University of Virginia

2002    B.A., University of Kentucky

Representative Publications


Revolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and American Politics, 1965-1980 (University of Georgia Press, 2014).

Articles and Book Chapters:

""I have talked to you not as women but as American citizens": Female Voters and the Gender Ideology of Presidential Campaigns, 1940-1956" in Stacie Taranto and Leandra Zarnow, eds. Suffrage at 100: Women's Uneven Road in American Politics since 1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020).

"'A Dynamic Force in our Community': Women's Clubs and Second-Wave Feminism at the Grassroots," Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies (Winter 2009).

Classes Taught

HIST 1020: World History II

HIST 2020: U.S. History since 1877

HIST 3020: Women in American History

HIST 3600: History of Sexuality in the U.S.

HIST 4950: Senior Thesis

HIST 7710: Graduate Research Seminar

HIST 7200: U.S. Women's & Gender History Graduate Seminar

Last Updated: August 14, 2019