I’m Rachel S. Gross, an environmental and cultural historian of the modern U.S. and a Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow at the Davidson Honors College of the University of Montana.
For my doctoral research, I wrote about the history of outdoor clothing and gear in the U.S. from the Civil War to the present. The project was directed by William Cronon in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The project was awarded the 2018 Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History from the Business History Conference.
I work with university and community partners to bring history into the public realm. From January – July 2017 I served as the managing editor of Wisconsin 101, a collaborative history project that uses material culture to tell stories about Wisconsin’s past. Read a recent post I edited. In 2016-2017, I also served on the editorial board of Edge Effects, the digital magazine of environmental humanities of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Currently, I am researching and curating an exhibit at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula on “Outdoor Gear Stories From the Treasure State.”