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Department of History


Jessica Kross

Title: Emeritus Faculty
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences


  • B.A. Brandeis University 
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan


Teaches Anglo-America, Atlantic World of 16th-18thc, with special interests in social and cultural history, religion, gender, and leisure. Professor Kross teaches the US history survey course, Colonial America, Everyday Life in Colonial America, and graduate courses including Religion and Gender in Anglo-America. Her publications include: The Evolution of An American Town: Newtown, New York, 1642-1775, the edited volume American Eras: The Colonial Era, 1600-1754, and “Mansions, Men, Women and the Creation of Multiple Publics in Eighteenth-Century British North America,” Journal of Social History, 33(1999), 385-408.


My current manuscript project is "Calvin's Children: Anxiety, Prescriptive Moralism, Religion, and Spirituality in Anglo-America." In this work I explore the gap between religion and spirituality in the 17th and 18th centuries. My next project will look at the relationship among the Reformation, commoditization of time, and gender in Anglo-America. I am asking who has time, who controls time, and what are the gendered cultural expectations and realities surrounding the buying and selling of time.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.