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

“Jewish Youth in the Global 1960s,” special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities 8.2 (July 2015), co-edited with Adriana Brodsky andBeatrice Gurwitz.

“Introduction: Jewish Youth in the 1960s,” co-authored withAdriana Brodsky and Beatrice Gurwitz, Journal of Jewish Identities 8.2 (July 2015).

“To be a Jew on America’s Terms is not to be a Jew at All: The Jewish Counterculture’s Critique of Middle-Class Affluence,” Journal of Jewish Identities 8.2 (July 2015).

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

Fellow, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, 2013-2014

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship, for day-long “Conference on Reproductive Health, Access, and Action" (organized with Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum)

Current Project

Ambivalent Embrace: Jewish Upward Mobility in Postwar America, University of North Carolina Press (book ms)

“From Woman’s Right to Religious Concern: The Woman’s League for Conservative Judaism and the Politics of Abortion, 1970-1982,” in Devotions and Desires, edited by Bethany Moreton, Gil Frank, and Heather White.

"To Speak for the Jews: Involvement in the American Abortion Debate” (book ms)

University Affiliations

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

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