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University of Montana
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environmental history, consumer culture, outdoor industry, outdoor recreation, business history
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About Me

Rachel Gross is a Postdoctoral Teaching, Research, and Mentoring Fellow at the Davidson Honors College of the University of Montana, where she teaches U.S. environmental and consumer culture history. Her dissertation, on the history of the outdoor industry in the United States from “Buckskin to Gore-Tex,” won the 2018 Herman E. Krooss Prize for Best Dissertation in Business History. She completed her PhD in U.S. History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. The Smithsonian Institution, the Lemelson Center, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Mellon Foundation have supported her work on the history of outdoor clothing and gear. She is completing a manuscript on the history of outdoor clothing and gear. Her public history work includes a museum exhibit on “Outdoor Gear Stories From the Treasure State” and lectures at historical societies and museums throughout the west.

Recent Publications

“Layering for the Cold: The M-1943 Field Jacket and the Influence of Military Technologies on Popular Style,” Technology and Culture, forthcoming April 2019

“From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation,” Enterprise and Society, forthcoming December 2018


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Environment, Material Culture, Military, Public History, Sports, Technology