Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1977.
- M.A.: Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1973.
- B.A.: Anthropology, Religious Studies, University of Southern California, 1970.
- anthropology of America
- popular culture in the United States
- gender and ethnicity in the United States
- cultural studies of American Jews and Judaism
- 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
Research & 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
- 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.
- 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