Associate Teaching Professor
Edward H. “Ted” Miller is Assistant Teaching Professor at NU Global. He is an historian of American politics, political culture, and capitalism. He teaches and studies the history of the United States within a global context, and focuses on how business and religious leaders have influenced American political culture, policy, and politics, especially conservative politics. His first book Nut Country: Right-Wing Dallas and the Birth of the Southern Strategy (University of Chicago Press, 2015) argues that while the first scholars of American conservatism wrote off the far Right as paranoid and suffering from status anxiety, and more recent scholarship writes them out in favor of emphasizing moderate conservatives, ultraconservatives played a vital role in the development of the modern GOP. Nut Country explores how a group of influential far-right businessmen, religious leaders, and political operatives developed a potent mix of hardline anticommunism, biblical literalism, and racism to generate a violent populism–and widespread power. Dr. Miller has published articles in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and Cities in American Political History. He is currently at work on his second book Sugar Daddy: A Life of Robert H. W. Welch (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming), about the founder of the John Birch Society.