Department of History

Melissa Blair

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

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 2:00-3:00
  • Wednesday 9:00-11
  • Thursday 2:00-3:00


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. 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 is currently working on two projects – an article exploring Southern Living magazine’s reaction to feminism in the 1970s, and a book manuscript that explores how presidential campaigns thought about and courted female voters from the advent of women’s suffrage through 1980.

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

Last Updated: May 23, 2019