Scholar. Writer. Teacher. Activist.

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, a frequent media guest expert, speaker at universities and conferences, and contributor to national and local news outlets. Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0 and a Premiere Leader of intenSati. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and is based in New York City.


History of Education Quarterly, HEQ, Classroom Wars, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, bilingual education


  • Upcoming...

    March 22, 2018: “When Fitness Became Life” in “Long 1980s Seminar,” Sorbonne Université, Paris France

    May 24-25, 2018: “Fit Nation?: Privatizing the Pursuit of Fitness in the Postwar United States,” French Association for American Studies History of Capitalism Workshop, Nice France