University of Pittsburgh
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Department of Religious Studies

Faculty

Rachel Kranson

Assistant Professor
PhD, New York University

2606 Cathedral of Learning
412.624.2279
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Fields

Modern Jewish history, Judaism in America, religion in America, gender studies

Teaching

Religion in Modern America, Modern Jewry, Jews and the City, Gender and Jewish History

Selected Publications

A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in the Postwar Era, edited by Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn and Rachel Kranson (Rutgers University Press, 2010). Finalist for the 2010 National Jewish Book Awards Barbara Dobkin Award in Women's Studies.

"'The Gentle Jewish Mother Who Owned a Luxury Resort': Jennie Grossinger and the Jewish Feminine Mystique," in A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in the Postwar Era, edited by Hasia Diner, Shira Kohn and Rachel Kranson (Rutgers University Press, 2010)

"More Bar Than Mitzvah: Anxieties over Bar Mitzvah Celebrations in Postwar America," in Rites of Passage: How Today's Jews Celebrate, Commemorate, Commiserate, edited by Leonard Greenspoon, Studies in Jewish Civilization, v. 21 (Purdue University Press, 2010)

Selected Honors and Awards

Dean's Dissertation Award, New York University, 2008-2009
Margaret Brown Fellowship for Scholars of Women's History, Department of History, New York University, 2007-2008
George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2007
Doctoral Fellowship, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2007-2008
McKracken Fellowship, New York University, 2002- 2007

Current Project

"Grappling with the Good Life: Jewish Anxieties over Affluence in Postwar America" (book ms)

University Affiliations

Core faculty member of the Jewish Studies Program and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

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