Rachel Gross

Rachel B. Gross

Associate Professor, John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies
Phone: (415) 338-1316
Email: rbgross@sfsu.edu
Location: Humanities 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 the United States
  • Visual and material culture
  • Public history
  • Food studies


  • JS/AMST/HIST/RELS 265 Christmas and Hanukkah in the United States
  • JS 280 Introduction to Jewish Studies
  • JS 301 Judaism: An Introduction
  • JS/HIST 449 American Jewish History
  • JS/HIST 421 Food Fights: The Politics of American Jewish Consumption, 1654–present
  • JS/HIST/HUM 441 American Jews and Popular Culture

Selected Publications


  • Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice. New York: New York University Press, 2021. Finalist, 2021 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies, awarded by the Jewish Book Council. Honorable mention, 2021 Saul Viener Book Prize, awarded by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Articles and Book Chapters

Online Contributions

Selected Media Appearances

Academic Associations

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Jewish Historical Society
  • Association for Jewish Studies