Office: Student Commons Building, Room 3104
Fall 2023 Office Hours: Not teaching this semester, please email me for an appointment.
Modern U.S. History, Environmental History, Public History, Women and Gender History, Cultural History, Business History
Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
B.A., History and Spanish, University of Puget Sound, 2008
Rachel Gross is an environmental, cultural, and public historian specializing in the history of the modern U.S. Her research and teaching interests center on business, consumer culture, and gender, and she is especially interested in what seemingly ordinary consumer goods tell us about identity and power. She teaches courses on capitalism, commodities, women and gender, and public history.
Dr. Gross is currently at work on a book, Selling Nature: The Outdoor Industry in American History. The project explores the history of outdoor clothing and gear in the United States and asks why Americans go shopping on their way to the wilderness. The dissertation on which her manuscript is based won the Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History from the Business History Conference in 2018. The Smithsonian Institution, the Lemelson Center, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Mellon Foundation have supported her work. Her public history work includes a museum exhibit on “Outdoor Gear Stories From the Treasure State” and lectures at historical societies and museums.
From 2017-2019, Dr. Gross was a Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Postdoctoral Fellow at the Davidson Honors College of the University of Montana and in 2019 she was a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center.
Book manuscript in Progress:
Selling Nature: The Outdoor Industry in American History, forthcoming from Yale University Press
HIST 3343/5343 Women and Gender in US History
HIST 3345 Immigration and Ethnicity in American History
HIST 4133/5133 Management of Material Culture and Museum Collections
HIST 4226/5226 Capitalism in America
HIST 4234/5234 Introduction to Public History
HIST 4417/5417 Commodities and Globalization
HIST 4306/5306 Survey of Feminist Thought