I am a graduate affiliate of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research and teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century U. S. history; U.S. environmental history; U. S. West; gender and women’s history; social and cultural history; and history of technology.


Field:
  • U.S. History

MA Title:

  • "Synthetic Wilderness: Gore-Tex and the Paths to Mastery in Outdoor Recreation"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation"

Education:

  • University of Puget Sound

Awards:

  • Winterthur Research Fellowship, Winterthur Museum and Library, 2017
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2016
  • Samuel and Marion Merrill Graduate Student Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians, 2016
  • Research Travel Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2015
  • Dissertator Fellowship, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2015
  • Virginia Henry Horne Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2014-2015
  • American Society for Environmental History Travel Grant, National Science Foundation, 2015
  • Smithsonian Institution Predoctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History, 2014
  • Lemelson Center Fellowship, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2014
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2014
  • Presidents’ Graduate Student Travel Award, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, 2014
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2014
  • Sloan Fellow, External Opportunities Fund, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2013
  • General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Research Grant, U. S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Dissertator Research Travel Award, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2013
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation Travel Grant, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Hagley Exploratory Research Grant, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, 2013
  • Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS), University of Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Vilas Research Travel Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2012
  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2011
  • University Fellowship, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2009-2010, 2012-2013
  • Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2009

Courses Taught as TA:

  • American Environmental History
  • History of Women and Gender in the United States Since 1870
  • History of the American West Since 1850
  • American Jewish Experience: From Shtetl to Suburb

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • History of Women and Gender in the United States Since 1870

Grad

Rachel Gross

rsgross@wisc.edu

Field:

Advisor:
William J. Cronon

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)