Rachel B. Gross

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Rachel Gross
Assistant Professor
John & Marcia Goldman Chair in 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 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, forthcoming 2021.

Articles and Book Chapters

Online Contributions

Academic Associations

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