Nancy C. Unger’s work at the intersections of environment, society, and identity includes the 2102 book Beyond Nature’s Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History (a California Book Award finalist), and the essays “Teaching ‘Straight’ Gay and Lesbian History,” and “From Jook Joints to Sisterspace: The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States.”
She is Professor of History at Santa Clara University, where she began teaching “Lesbians and Gays in U.S. History” in 2004. A sample class can be viewed on C-SPAN. Nancy is the author of the prize-winning biography Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer. Her latest book is Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer.
Nancy’s op-eds applying the lessons of the past to the present have appeared in dozens of newspapers across North America, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, and websites including the CNN.com homepage. Her radio appearances include National Public Radio, KQED, Wisconsin Public Radio, Talking History, Voice of America, and AIR AMERICA, and she has worked as a consultant for PBS. She speaks every year on the progressive tradition at the Fighting Bob Fest in Wisconsin, and has made multiple appearances as a featured speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.