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Last Name
Mehlman Petrzela
The New School (New York, NY, US) [86627]
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gender, sexuality, US history, United States, politics, culture, education, the body, wellness, fitness, capitalism, feminism, women, California
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About Me

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Ph.D. is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture and is currently writing a book on American fitness culture. She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford 2015), co-host of Past Present Podcast, and creator and host of the upcoming History Channel series “The Unlikely History of Everyday Objects.” In addition to scholarly journals and volumes, her work has appeared in venues such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Refinery29. Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and is based in New York City.

Recent Publications
•   “An Intellectual History of the Gym, (Thanks, Gender!),” eds. Andrew Hartman and Raymond Haberski, American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times, Cornell University Press. Forthcoming
•   “’The Siren Song of Yoga’: Sex, Spirituality, and the Popularization of Yoga in Modern America,” Pacific Historical Review. Forthcoming


•   Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture, Oxford University Press 2015
•   “Breaking Boundaries Through Campus-Based Civic Engagement,” Anthropology Now September 2015
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Politics, Public History, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women