Dr. Maxine Grossman

Dr. Maxine Grossman, Religious Studies Advisor

Advising for the Minor in Religious Studies is handled by Dr. Maxine Grossman. She can be contacted via e-mail at, or by phone at (301) 405-4980.

Ph.D., 2000, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., 1993
A.B., 2000, Duke University

Working within the discipline of religious studies, Dr. Grossman is particularly interested in the intersections of history, literature, and cultural studies. Her primary research focus is on the literature of ancient Judaism and early Christianity, especially the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her publications in this area include Reading for History in the Damascus Document: A Methodological Study (Leiden: Brill, 2002), and articles or book chapters on 4QMMT (the so-called "Halakhic Letter" from Qumran), gender in the Damascus Document, competing notions of "priesthood" in the scrolls and the New Testament, and Solomon Schechter's portrayal of ancient Judaism. An interest in religious studies methodology and feminist critical scholarship has led Dr. Grossman to new research in the area of religion and popular culture. Her publications in this field include articles on images of God in country music and the popular perception of the Dead Sea Scrolls. She is at work on a book on religion in contemporary U.S. popular culture.

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