Rachel N. Baum
Senior Lecturer, Foreign Languages and Literature
Major Coordinator, Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
Office: Curtin Hall 879
Phone: (414) 229-5156
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 1997
Teaching and Research Interests:
Holocaust literature and film, Holocaust memory and memorials, post-Holocaust theology, post-Holocaust philosophy, contemporary American Jewish identity, modern Jewish thought, Jewish feminism, and Jews in popular culture.
Rachel N. Baum earned an A.B. with Honors in Semiotics from Brown University before coming to graduate school at UWM on a Uihlein Fellowship. She holds an MA and PhD in English (Modern Studies) from UWM.
Dr. Baum's research focuses on the emotions of post-Holocaust Jewish identity. She has published a number of essays, including chapters in Between Hope and Despair: Pedagogy and the Remembrance of Historical Trauma, edited by Roger Simon, et al, (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000); After-Words: Post-Holocaust Struggles with Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Justice, edited by John Roth and David Patterson, (University of Washington Press, 2004); and Anguished Hope: Holocaust Scholars Confront the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, edited by John Roth and Leonard Grob (Eerdsman Press, 2008).
One of Dr. Baum's primary interests is interfaith dialogue. In 2007, she was an invited guest of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum as a member of an interfaith group of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars. The group's book Encountering the Stranger: A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Trialoguee is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press. Dr. Baum's chapter is entitled, "Loving the Stranger: Intimacy between Jews and Non-Jews."
At UWM, Dr. Baum has been developing the Jewish Studies program in her capacity as coordinator of the major and minor, and as an adjunct professor. As coordinator, Dr. Baum advises students, oversees the program's course offerings, and promotes the major. She was instrumental in the reorganization of the Hebrew Studies major into the new Jewish Studies major.
Dr. Baum is currently on the executive committee of Milwaukee's Holocaust Education and Resource Center. She has also been on the boards of the Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning and Congregation Shalom.