Rachel B. Gross

Assistant Professor
John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies
(415) 338-1316
Building: Humanities Building
Room Number: Room 446


  • Ph.D., Religion, Princeton University, 2014
  • M.A., Religion, Princeton University, 2011
  • M.A., Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2008
  • B.A., Jewish Studies, University of Virginia, 2007

Research Interests

  • American Jewish history
  • Religion in America
  • Visual and material culture
  • Public history
  • Food studies


  • JS 301 Judaism: An Introduction
  • JS/HIST 449 American Jewish History
  • JS/HIST 420 Food Fights: The Politics of American Jewish Consumption, 1654–present
  • JS/HIST/HUM 441 American Jews and Popular Culture

Selected Publications


  • Objects of Affection: The Material Religion of American Jewish Nostalgia, in progress.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • “A Slippery Slope: Jews, Schmaltz, and Crisco,” in Food and Jewish Traditions, edited by Aaron Gross, Jordan Rosenblum, and Jody Meyers, in progress.
  • “People of the Picture Book: PJ Library and American Jewish Religion,” in Religion and Popular Culture in America, 3rd edition, edited by Bruce David Forbes and Jeffrey H. Mahan, University of California Press, 2017.
  • Field Trip to the Kosher Kitchen: Religion and Politics in the University Dining Hall,” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 25, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2014), 128–137.
  • “‘Draydel Salad’: The Serious Business of Jewish Food and Fun in Postwar America,” in Religion, Food, and Eating in North America, edited by Benjamin E. Zeller, Marie W. Dallam, Reid L. Neilson, and Nora L. Rubel, Columbia University Press, 2014.

Online Contributions

Academic Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Jewish Studies