Laura Gifford

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Laura Jane Gifford is scholar in residence in the George Fox University history department and has taught courses in the department since 2008. She earned a BA in history and political science at Pacific Lutheran University and an MA and Ph.D. in American history at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

The Center Cannot Hold BookcoverGifford's first book, The Center Cannot Hold: The 1960 Presidential Election and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, was published by Northern Illinois University Press in 2009.  In August 2012 she and co-editor Daniel K. Williams (University of West Georgia) released an edited volume of scholarship on conservatism in the 1960s titled The Right Side of the Sixties: Reexamining Conservatism's Decade of Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan). 

Most recently, Gifford's research explores progressive Republican activism during the Nixon administration and the Watergate era, focusing especially upon the "Third Force" movement and related cross-partisan efforts advocated by Oregon governor Tom McCall, former Michigan governor George Romney and other leading figures in the liberal wing of the GOP. She has also published works on conservative and religious anticommunism during the Cold War.

Laura was appointed to the board of directors of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. LCSNW is the branch of the Lutheran Community Services nonprofit social service agency that serves, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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