gersonJudith Gerson
Ph.D. Cornell, 1979

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Office: Davison Hall, 139
Office Phone: 848-932-7804
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Judith Gerson holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and is an affiliate faculty in Jewish Studies. She regularly teaches courses in gender theory; interdisciplinary research methods; narrative analysis; and diaspora, trauma, and collective memory. She has taught in the Gender Studies Program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen, Norway. In 2012, she received an award from the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers for her contributions to undergraduate teaching.

Currently, she is completing a book manuscript tentatively titled, By Thanksgiving We Were Americans: German Jewish Refugees and Holocaust Memory. Focused on the forced emigration and resettlement of German Jews in the U.S. during World War II, the project relies on memoirs and oral history interviews to examine how this group of refugees recalled, evaded, and forgot their past. She compares these personal testimonies to one another and to archival organizational records to discern narrative patterns. She is the co-editor with Diane Wolf of Sociology Confronts the Holocaust: Memories and Identities in Jewish Diasporas (Duke University Press, 2007) and most recently has published on practices of masculinity among German Jewish immigrants. A former research fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Study at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, her research has also been supported by several foundations in the U.S., France, and Germany. She regularly gives public lectures on family and collective memory among survivors of the Holocaust.