Nancy Young

Nancy Beck Young is Professor of History at the University of Houston, where she has taught since 2007. Previously she was assistant and associate professor of history at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. Dr. Young received her B.A. from Baylor and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She has held two residential fellowships, one at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and another as the Clements Fellow in Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. She has written numerous books and is currently researching two book manuscripts— one a biography of John Nance Garner and another on the idea of the first lady. Her most recent book, Two Suns of the Southwest: Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, and the 1964 Battle between Liberalism and Conservatism was published in 2019 by the University Press of Kansas. Dr. Young has won a number of honors for her scholarship and her teaching including the Guittard Book Prize for her book titled Why We Fight: Congress and the Politics of World War II, the D.B. Hardeman Prize for her biography Wright Patman: Populism, Liberalism, and the American Dream, and the Ima Hogg Historical Achievement Award for Outstanding Research on Texas History. She has been named the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Illinois Professor of the Year and won the most prestigious campus wide teaching award at McKendree College in 2001.