Graduate Student Directory

Steven Thomas Green
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Jewish Studies
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Building, 1
    • Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 150 (Grad Lab)
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop History Department

Summary of Expertise

My research focuses on U.S. Jewish history, with a particular emphasis on Jewish foodways and Jewish communities. My dissertation research explores the various roles that food played in the construction and upkeep of Jewish communities in the Midwest in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I am also interested in questions on critical food studies, citizenship, business history, Jewish immigration, and midwestern history.

Research Interests

  • U.S. Jewish History
  • Jewish Immigration/Ethnic Studies
  • Jewish Food Culture and Food Studies
  • U.S. History
  • Citizenship
  • Midwestern History
  • Cultural History

Biography, Education and Training


  • M.A. History, University of California, Santa Cruz (2019)
    • Thesis: "Noshing in the Hawkeye State: Food and Foodways in the Construction of Iowa's Jewish Communities, 1890-1940"
  • M.A. U.S. History, Southern New Hampshire University (2016)
    • Thesis: "To Lend a Helping Hand: A Comparative Look at Jewish and Italian Ethnic Organizations in Buffalo and New York City, 1870-1924"
  • B.A. History, California State University, East Bay (2015)

TA and Teaching Experience

  • History 74B - Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African Jewish History, 1500-2000 (Winter 2021)
  • History 100 - Historical Skills and Methods (Fall 2020)
  • History 10A - U.S. History to 1877 (Summer 2020)
  • History 100 - Historical Skills and Methods (Spring 2020)
  • History 163B - Genesis: A History (Winter 2020)
  • History 155 - History of Modern Israel (Fall 2019)
  • History 100 - Historical Skills and Methods (Summer 2019)
  • History 76 - The Holocaust (Spring 2019)
  • History 100 - Historical Skills and Methods (Winter 2019)
  • History 70B - Modern European History, 1815-Present (Fall 2018)
  • History 2A - The World to 1500 (Spring 2018)
  • History 113C - Women and American Religious Culture (Fall 2017)
  • Invited Guest Lecture - History 190R - Research in the History of American Religions - "Crypto-Jews in Early America" (Winter 2018)


Honors, Awards and Grants

  • University of California, Santa Cruz History Department Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant (2020)
  • American Historical Association Conference Travel Grant (2019-2020)
  • Dr. Linda Mack Schloff Summer Research Fellowship, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest (2019)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz History Department Pre-Dissertation Summer Research Grant (2019)
  • State Historical Society of Iowa Research Grant (2019)
  • Organization of American Historians Conference Workship Grant (2019)
  • YIVO Uriel Weinreich Program in Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture Tuition Grant (2018)
  • University of California, Santa Cruz Graduate Student Association Travel Grant (2018)
  • The Humanities Institute Summer Research Fellowship (2018)
  • University of California Regents Fellowship (2017-2018)

Selected Publications

  • Review of Unwanted: Italian and Jewish Mobilization against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882-1965, in H-Net Migration (January 2021) 
  • Review of The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz, in Jewish Film and New Media (Forthcoming, Winter 2021)

Selected Presentations

  • "More Than Just a Store: Jewish Food Entrepreneurship in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Iowa" - Presented at Western Jewish Studies Association Conference, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (March 29-30, 2020)
  • "Iowa Jews and Their Ties to Community" - Presented at Upper Midwest Jewish Archives, University of Minnesota (July 11, 2019)
  • "Open for Business: Jewish Food Entrepreneurship in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Iowa" - Presented at Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder (September 20-22, 2019)

Teaching Interests

  • U.S. History
  • Jewish History
  • Food Studies
  • Midwestern History
  • Jewish Food Culture and Religion
  • Food and World History