University of Minnesota
Department of Anthropology
anth@umn.edu
612-625-3400


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Riv-Ellen Prell

Riv-Ellen Prell

612/625-0112
American Studies 107 Scott Hall 72 Pleasant St SE

Specialties

  • anthropology of America
  • popular culture in the United States
  • gender and ethnicity in the United States
  • cultural studies of American Jews and Judaism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1977.
  • M.A.: Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1973.
  • B.A.: Anthropology, Religious Studies, University of Southern California, 1970.

Publications

  • Women Remaking American Judaism. Prell, Riv-Ellen, Wayne State U Press, Editor, 2007.
  • Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender and the Anxiety of Assimilation. Prell, Riv-Ellen, Beacon Press, 1999.
  • Prayer and Community: the Havurah in American Judaism. Prell, Riv-Ellen, Wayne State U Press, 1989.
  • Interpreting Women's Lives: Personal Narrative and Feminist Theory. Prell, Riv-Ellen, Indiana U Press, 1989.
  • 2012 “Boundaries, Margins, and, Norms: The Intellectual Stakes in the Study of American Jewish Culture(s).” : Prell, Riv-Ellen, Contemporary Jewry, 189-204, 2011.
  • “A Serious Man in Situ: ‘Fear and Loathing in St. Louis Park’” : Prell, Riv-Ellen, AJS Review: The Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies, 35 365-376, 2011.

Professional Activities

  • Bronfman Distinguished Visting Professor of Jewish Studies, College of William and Mary
  • Fellow: Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania , 2003 - 2004
  • Editor: Perspectives, the newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies , 2003 - 2006
  • Chair: Department of American Studies , Fall 2004 - 2008
  • Director, Center for Jewish Studies: 2013 - 2016
  • Chair, Academic Advisory Board: American Jewish Historical Society , 2014 - 2017

Awards

  • National Jewish Book Award, 1989
  • M Sklare Award for Distinguished Research, ASSJ, 2011
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2002 - 2005
  • Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities,, 2002 - 2003

Courses Taught

  • AmSt 8801 - Dissertation Seminar
  • AmSt 3252 - Politics in Popular Culture in the U.S. 1900-1945
  • JwSt 2363/WoSt 3403 - Jewish Women in America
  • Anth 5131 - Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • Historical Foundations in American Studies
  • American Studies Senior Seminar
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