Rachel Gordan

Postdoctoral Fellow
American Jewish Religion and Culture
Office: Crowe Hall 4-145, 1860 Campus Drive
Phone: (847) 491-3080
E-Mail: rachel.gordan@northwestern.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 and by appointment. (Spring 2013)

Rachel Gordan studies religion and American culture, focusing on American Judaism. She received her BA in American Studies from Yale, and a Masters from Yale Divinity School. Rachel received her PhD from Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion. Her research and teaching interests include: the history of Judaism, the religious identity of minority groups in America, and religion and the novel.  Rachel’s dissertation, Post-WWII American Judaism: How Judaism Became an American Religion focused on the immediate postwar years as a time when a new American Judaism was created as a result of changes in world Jewry and cultural shifts in Cold War America. She is currently revising this research into a book manuscript.

Selected Works


Modern Times
Herman Wouk wrote a foundational text for American postwar Modern Orthodoxy, and for the emancipated Jewish literature in its wake.

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