History and Political Science Department Faculty


Melissa Estes Blair

Phone: 828.771.3732
Email: mblair@warren-wilson.edu
Office: Jensen 309

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008
M.A., University of Virginia, 2003
B.A., University of Kentucky, 2002


FYS 107: The Activist Tradition in American History
HIS 131: U.S. History to 1877
HIS 132: U.S. History since 1877
HIS 230: Women in American History

HIS 332: Civil War & Reconstruction
HIS 334: The African-American Experience
HIS 339: U.S. since 1945

HIS 480: Senior Seminar in History & Political Science


Revolutionizing Expectations: Women's Organizations, Feminism, and the Transformation of Political Culture, 1965-1980, University of Georgia Press


“‘A Dynamic Force in our Community’: Women’s Clubs and Second-Wave Feminism at the Grassroots,” in em>Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies (winter 2009)

Invited Lectures:

Roundtable on "Rethinking the U.S. Women's Movement," UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012

2010 Bluegrass Symposium, University of Kentucky


2010 “What Necessity Breeds: Feminist Networks in Denver, 1967-1975,” Organization of American Historians Annual Conference

2008 “The YWCA and the Promise of Integrated Southern Feminism,” American Historical Association Annual Conference

2006 “Feminism on the Ground: Women’s Civic Activism in Durham, NC, 1960-1975,” Social Science History Association Annual Conference

2004 “‘To Build a Bridge’: The National Council of Jewish Women and the Civil Rights Movement,” Bluegrass Symposium, University of Kentucky

Academic Awards and Honors:

Nominee for Wilson's Teaching Excellence Award (2010, 2011, & 2012)

2009 Mary Lily Research Grant, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture, Duke University

2008 The Lantern Society, Elected to membership in an organization of women leaders at the University of Virginia

2007-2008 Doris G. Quinn Foundation Fellowship, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia

2006 & 2007 Husky Travel Grant, University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

2006 Annaley Neagle Redd Student Award for Western Women’s History, Charles Redd Center for Western History, Brigham Young University

2006 Rockefeller Graduate Student Award, Social Science History Association

2005-2006 Semifinalist, Seven Society Fellowship for Superb Teaching, A university-wide, student-nominated award for teaching associates

2005 & 2006 Summer Research Travel Grant, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia