Ellen Noonan

Clinical Assistant Professor of History; Interim Director, Archives and Public History Program

New York University, PhD 2002

Office Address: 

KJCC 53 Washington Square South Room 704 New York, NY 10012

Field of Study: 

United States

Research Interests: 

African-American history; cultural history; public history; history education; digital humanities.


Ellen has spent nearly two decades working as a historian, media producer, and instructional designer. She has taught in NYU’s Archives and Public History Program since 2011. At the American Social History Project, she created and led numerous professional development and curriculum development programs serving social studies teachers in the New York City public schools. She has also led and contributed to the development of several public history and history education websites, including the award-winning online interactive game series Mission US. Ellen is the author of The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess (University of North Carolina, 2012), which examines the opera’s long history of invention and reinvention as a barometer of twentieth-century American expectations about race, culture, and the struggle for equality.

Selected Works:


The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) (George C. Rogers, Jr. prize for best book on South Carolina History, South Carolina Historical Society, 2013)

Supervising Editor, Who Built America: Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, 3rd edition (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007)


“The History Textbook, Born Digital,” Radical History Review Volume 2013, Number 117: 131-138.


Lead content developer, Mission US (mission-us.org)

Executive Producer, HERB: Social History for Every Classroom (herb.ashp.cuny.edu)

Executive Producer, Who Built America Badges for History Education (badges.ashp.cuny.edu)

Instructional Designer and Curriculum Developer, Zoom In (zoomin.edc.org)

Associate Director, History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web (historymatters.gmu.edu)

Writer, The Lost Museum (lostmuseum.cuny.edu)

Producer, The September 11 Digital Archive (911digitalarchive.org)


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