Noah Cincinnati, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Annandale Campus


PicFrameTeaching at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) has been a homecoming of sorts. I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and so it has been a real privilege to come back and work with students from all over the region. What I have found particularly attractive about teaching at NVCC is the college’s emphasis on equality of opportunity and the diversity of its student population. The latter has been especially rewarding as it enriches my teaching and the classroom environment by providing an array of perspectives, backgrounds, and approaches to studying and understanding history. Above all else, NVCC’s mission of equality of opportunity is vital to the functions of a healthy democracy–I find the teaching and studying of history particularly critical to the notion of civic engagement, which I always emphasize to my students.


Ph.D. in History, The Johns Hopkins University, 2012.

M.A. in History, The Johns Hopkins University, 2008.

B.A. in History, University of Mary Washington, 2005.

     Areas of Expertise:

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century United States History
  • Environmental History
  • United States and the World
  • History of Capitalism
  • Race, Science, and Imperialism in the Twentieth Century 

Courses Taught

HIS121: United States History I

HIS122: United States History II

HIS270: America in the Gilded Age

HIS271: The American Frontier, 1607-1890

HIS276: United States History Since World War II

HIS277: The American Experience in Vietnam

HIS280: American Foreign Policy Since 1890

HIS293: American Environmental History 


Enterprises of Extinction: Zoos, Wildlife Traffic, and the Hidden Origins of Global Conservation (book manuscript in progress).

“Too Sullen for Survival: Historicizing Gorilla Extinction, 1900-1930,” in Susan Nance, ed., The Historical Animal: Finding the Nonhuman Factor in the Past (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2015): 166-183.

Review of Ian Jared Miller, The Nature of Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo for Pacific Affairs 88 no. 1 (March 2015): 200-202.

“The Visibility of Violence: Protection and Paradox at the Bronx Zoo,” Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 19 (December 2011): 82-95.