Joy Porter has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled: ‘What Would Nixon Do? The Forgotten Republican Roots of American Environmentalism’.
At a critical juncture in environmental history, when conventional warnings are dismissed by conservative voters as ‘fake news’, the project will engage with conservative and Republican traditions by asking: ‘What Would Nixon Do?’ It will examine the Nixon presidency and its remarkable environmental advances using Native American Indian Federal history as a lens. The project will bring together archives new to scholarship in order to foreground a conservative revolution in environmental protection and Native rights that today is downplayed by the Trump administration. The resulting interdisciplinary book will appear with The University of Nebraska Press with the intention of influencing a spectrum of interests that are currently conducting separate conversations.
This fellowship will run for three years from September 2019.