Ellen Noonan is the Director of the Archives and Public History Program. She has spent nearly two decades working as a historian, media producer, and instructional designer and began teaching in NYU’s Archives and Public History Program in 2011. In her work 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 helped to conceptualize and build several public history and history education digital projects, including the award-winning online interactive game series Mission US; HERB: Social History for Every Classroom; The Lost Museum; The September 11 Digital Archive; and History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web. Ellen is the author of The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess: Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera (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.