Natalie Novoa

Visiting Lecturer

North America

Natalie Novoa is a historian of the 19th and 20th century United States, with an emphasis on post-1865 African American history. Her research and teaching interests include the social experience of African Americans in cities, sports, and recreation and leisure. Her current project, A Home Away From Home: Recreation Centers and Black Community Development in the Bay Area, 1920-1960, argues that black-run recreation centers played a pivotal role in the black community as sites of racial uplift and political activism. Her work connects literature in urban history and African American history to demonstrate the unique circumstances that the city presented to African Americans, especially during and after World War II.

Research Interests

  • 20th century United States

  • African American History

  • Urban History

  • Race and Sport

  • Recreation and Leisure

Natalie Novoa, Visiting Lecturer


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Curriculum Vitae

Natalie Novoa CV