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Riv-Ellen Prell

Riv-Ellen Prell

Dr. Riv-Ellen Prell is Professor Emerita of American Studies and Past Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has written extensively about American Jewish culture from the late 19th century to the present. She is at work a study of post-war American Jewish youth culture.


Executive MA in Jewish Professional Studies

PhD, Anthropology, University of Chicago
MA, Anthropology, University of Chicago
BA, Anthropology, Religious Studies, University of Southern California


Women Remaking American Judaism
Fighting to Become Americans: Jews, Gender and the Anxiety of Assimilation
Prayer and Community: Havurah in American Judaism

Awards and honors

National Jewish Book Award
M Sklare Award for Distinguished Research
Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities 
Chair, Academic Advisory Board, American Jewish Historical Society

Research interests

Cultural studies of American Jews and Judaism
Gender and ethnicity in the United States
Popular culture in the United States
Anthropology of America


This American Jewish Life