Luke A. Nichter, PhD
Term of Office:
Bowling Green, Ohio

Luke Nichter is a Professor of History and James H. Cavanaugh Endowed Chair in Presidential Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. He is also a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. His area of specialty is the Cold War, the modern presidency, and U.S. political and diplomatic history, with a focus on the “long 1960s” from John F. Kennedy through Watergate. Nichter is a noted expert on Richard Nixon’s 3,432 hours of secret White House tapes. He also has a website that offers free access to the publicly released tapes as a public service.  

In addition, he is a New York Times bestselling author or editor of seven books and a founding executive producer of C-SPAN’s American History TV. A feature of the channel is “American Artifacts,” a weekly program that Nichter conceptualized, which lets viewers experience a museum, an archive, or a historic site from behind the scenes–something different than what they would ordinarily see as a member of the visiting public.