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About Nancy Unger

- Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer. Routledge. 2016
- Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History. Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Revised paperback edition with new preface, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2008. Winner of Wisconsin Historical Society 2001 Book of Merit Award.
- A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (Wiley-Blackwell), Co-edited with Christopher McKnight Nichols, 2017.
Top Five Book Chapters
  1. “Using the Constitution to Limit Revolutions in Morality: The Diggs-Caminetti Case of 1913,” On-Going Revolutions in the U.S. and Europe, Marie Bolton and Marie-Elisabeth Baudin, eds.,Paris: Librarie generale de dtroit et de jurisprudence, forthcoming 2017.
  2. “The La Follettes,” in Modern American Political Dynasties: A Study of Power, Family and Political Influence, Kathleen Gronnerud and Scott Spitzer, eds., Praeger Press, forthcoming 2017.
  3. With Marie Bolton, “‘Mother Nature is Getting Angrier’: Turning Sacred Navajo Land into a Toxic Environment,” Environmental Crisis and Human Costs Ufuk Özdağ and François Gavillon, eds. (Colección Benjamin Franklin. Alcala de Henares, Madrid: Universidad de Alcalá, 2015): 31-45.
  4. “The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States : From Jook Joints to Sisterspace,” Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Biopolitics, and Desire, edited by Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson, University of Indiana Press, 2010, pp. 173-198.
  5. "'When Women Condemn the Whole Race': Belle Case La Follette Attacks the Color Line." In Women in Print, edited by James P. Danky and Wayne Wiegand. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006, pp. 281-296.
Top Five Journal Articles
  1. “The Unexpected Belle La Follette,” Wisconsin Magazine of History99, no. 2 (Winter 2015-2016): 16-27. (access this article online)
2.    “La Follette’s Autobiography: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Glorious,”Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 10, no. 3 (July 2011): 354-61.
3.    "Women for a Peaceful Christmas: Wisconsin Homemakers Seek to Remake American Culture,” Wisconsin Magazine of History 93, no. 2 (Winter 2009-2010): 2-15. (access this article online)
4.    "Teaching 'Straight' Gay and Lesbian History."Journal of American History 93 (March 2007): 1192-99. [Electronic Journal, access the article online.]
"The We Say What We Think Club: Rural Wisconsin Women and the Development of Environmental Ethics,"Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol. 90, No. 1 (Autumn, 2006): 16-27. (Cover feature) Honorable mention, 2006 Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History. (access this article online)


2017 Present History Department Chair, Santa Clara University
2013 Present Professor of History, Santa Clara University
20052013 Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University
20002005 Assistant Professor of History, Santa Clara University
19972000 Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Santa Clara University

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Winner of the 2016 Wisconsin Historical Society Book of Merit Award
  • California Book Award finalist
  • Winner of Wisconsin Historical Society 2001 Book of Merit Award.


  • HIST 188S Seminar: The U.S. Progressive Era
  • HIST 181 Women in American Society Since 1900
  • HIST 177 Gay Men and Lesbians in American History
  • HIST 158 Turmoil and Reform, U.S. 1877-1920
  • HIST 101 Historical Writing
  • HIST 84 U.S. Women's History


1985 Ph.D. in History, University of Southern California
1981 M.A. in History, University of Southern California
1978 B.A. in History, Gonzaga University

Contact Information

History Department, O'Connor Hall 203A


Research Works (47)