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Laura J. Gifford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
George Fox University
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-1960s
Former List Editor for H-1960s
Reviewer for H-1960s
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
Scholar in Residence, George Fox University, Newberg, OR
March 2006 Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Field: American history
Dissertation: “The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism”
June 2003 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Field: American history
May 2000 B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington
Majors: history, political science
Summa cum laude
Co-editor with Daniel K. Williams, Decade of Transformation: Contesting the Future of Conservatism
in the 1960s (work in progress).
The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism (Northern Illinois University Press, 2009).
“The Education of a Cold War Conservative: Anti-Communist Literature of the 1950s and 1960s,” in Print Culture in the Cold War, ed. Greg Barnhisel and Catherine Turner (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008).
“Washington, Valores J.,” in African American National Biography (Oxford University Press, Spring 2008).
“ ‘Dixie is No Longer in the Bag’: South Carolina Republicans and the Election of 1960.” Journal of Policy History, Spring 2007 (19:2): 207-233.
Review of Matthew D. Lassiter, The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton, 2006), H-1960s, posted 11 June 2007.
“More than Missiles [review of Christopher A. Preble’s John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap (Northern Illinois, 2004)],” H-1960s, posted 11 April 2005.
“Nixon and the Clergymen: Politics, Religion, and the Anti-Communist Threat, 1953-1960,” in Robert P. Ericksen and Michael J. Halvorson, ed., A Lutheran Vocation: Philip A. Nordquist and the Study of History at Pacific Lutheran University (Pacific Lutheran University Press, 2005).
“Terror on the Wind: Southern Oregon’s Tragic Connection to the Fu-Go Project of World War II.” Southern Oregon Heritage Today 4 (August 2002): 8-13.
January 2012 “Midget Missiles and Penny Projectiles: The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade and Anti-Communist Education,” Modern Language Association Convention, Seattle, Washington.
April 2010 “ ‘Girded With a Moral and Spiritual Revival’: The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade and Conservative Politics,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
November 2009 “Taking This Party Back: Barry Goldwater and the Draft Goldwater Campaigns of 1960,” Goldwater at 100 Conference, Arizona Historical Foundation, Tempe [invited speaker].
September 2008 “Kennedy’s Loyal Opposition: National Review and the Development of a Conservative Alternative, 1961-1963,” John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, Legacy Conference, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
April 2007 “The Education of a Cold War Conservative: Anti-Communist Literature of the 1950s and 1960s,” Fifth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (U.S.), Portland, Oregon.
November 2005 “ ‘Nixon the Freedom Fighter’: American Nationalities for Nixon-Lodge and the Politics of Ethnicity,” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon.
August 2005 “ ‘Nixon the Freedom Fighter’: American Nationalities for Nixon-Lodge and the Politics of Ethnicity,” Pacific Coast Branch—American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Oregon State University, Corvallis.
October 2004 “ ‘Dixie is No Longer in the Bag’: South Carolina Republicans and the Election of 1960,” Second American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing.
April 2004 “Nixon and the Clergymen: Politics, Religion, and the Anti-Communist Threat, 1953-1960,” GWU-UCSB Second Annual Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.