Jay Rubenstein

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Jay Rubenstein (born 1967) is an American historian of the Middle Ages.


Rubenstein grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he graduated with a B.A. in 1989. From 1989-1991 he studied at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In recognition of this achievement, his hometown of Cushing named a street after him. In 1991 he completed an M.Phil. from Oxford, writing a thesis on the veneration of saints' relics in England after the Norman Conquest. In 1997 he received a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, working under the supervision of Professor Gerard Caspary.[1] After leaving Berkeley he taught one year at Dickinson College, one year at Syracuse University, and seven years at University of New Mexico.[1] Since 2006 he has been based at the University of Tennessee as an associate professor of history.[2] His published scholarship has focused on medieval intellectual history, monastic life, and the early crusade movement.


  • 2012 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from Phi Beta Kappa for significant contributions to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.
  • 2007 MacArthur Fellows Program
  • 2007 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • 2006 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship
  • 2004 William Koren, Jr. Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies for the outstanding journal article published on any era of French history by a North American scholar
  • 2002 ACLS Fellowship [3]



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