Aaron Noble

Union College, Bachelor of Arts, History, 2002
State University of New York, University at Albany, Masters of Arts, Public History, 2004
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My areas of research focus on the political, governmental, and military history of New York State and its citizenry, and how that history impacts the broader historical narrative. Of particular interest is the legacy of Progressivism within New York State and its political leadership – from Theodore Roosevelt and Alfred E. Smith to FDR and Thomas Dewey, Mario Cuomo, and even George Pataki, the culture of Progressivism in the Empire State continues to shape its political culture and discourse.

Currently, much of my research is concentrated on the World War I era as the New York State Museum prepares to commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into the conflict in 2017. This research examines the pivotal role that New York, as one of the most populous, industrialized, and wealthy states in the nation played in all facets of the conflict – as soldiers, in industry, charity and civic participation; its crucial contributions to the American war effort, and that the legacy that resonates to the present day.

Other areas of research have examined New York during the War of 1812 and the Civil War, New York State and Governor Franklin Roosevelt’s response to the Great Depression, the history of September 11, 2001, and the history of the New York National Guard.

Aaron Noble