Noel Ignatiev

American historian

Noel Ignatiev (/ɪɡˈnætiɛv/; December 27, 1940 – November 9, 2019) was an American author and historian. He was best known for his work on race and social class and for his call to end "whiteness".

Noel Ignatiev
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Born(1940-12-27)December 27, 1940
DiedNovember 9, 2019(2019-11-09) (aged 78)
EducationHarvard Graduate School of Education
OccupationAuthor, historian
EmployerMassachusetts College of Art
Harvard University
Known forCritical race theory

Ignatiev was the co-founder of the New Abolitionist Society and co-editor of the journal Race Traitor, which pushed for the idea that "treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity"

He also wrote a book on antebellum northern xenophobia against Irish immigrants, How the Irish Became White. His publisher called him as "one of America's leading and most controversial historians".[2]

Ignatiev died from an intestine infection at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona on November 9, 2019 at the age of 78.[3]


  1. "How the Irish became white - On the author". Google Books. 1995. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  2. "How the Irish Became White". September 11, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2010.

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