Cushing Alumni Association has selected a nominee to be inducted into our Hall of Fame on May 28, 2016, at our All School Reunion.
Jay Rubenstein from the class of 1985 is our honored selection. Jay is the son of Gene (CHS Class of 1954) and Marilyn Jenkins Rubenstein (Class of 1957). He is the brother to Mark Rubenstein (Class of 1981), and the nephew of Norman Rubenstein (Class of 1957).
Jay was a Merit Scholar and was accepted at Carleton College in Northfield, MN (one of the top 10 colleges in the nation) where he graduated summa cum lauds in 1989. His love of medieval history began in his junior year of college when he spent that year abroad studying at Oxford University. He was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1989 and studies at St. John’s College, University of Oxford. Jay received his Masters of Philosophy from Oxford (1992) in Modern European History with a focus on England 1000-1216.
Rubenstein received his PhD, May 1997, from the University of California Berkley in Medieval European History. Jay also studied extensively for a year at the Vatican Library preparing for a career as a writer and journalist.
Following graduation Jay served as an educator and professor at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, Syracuse University, University of NM, and he is currently an Alvin and Sally Professor of History at the University of TN. He is proficient in five languages. He has been a guest lecturer and professor internationally in Germany, London, Jerusalem, Paris and many universities throughout Europe.
Jay has authored 5 books…Armies of Heaven, has been published in several languages and received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize for outstanding book in his field in 2012. He currently has a sixth book under contract, Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: Prophecy, History and the Medieval Discovery of the West, Oxford University Press.
Jay has received many grants and awards. Some are: American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for research in Paris 2002-2003; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for research in Rome 2006-2007; National Endowment for the Humanities for research in Paris 2007-2008; he was named A MacArthur Fellowship (Genius Award) 2008-2012, as one of 32 named Geniuses.
There were 20 pages of honors, awards, grants and accomplishments submitted with this nomination of Jay. We are proud to claim Jay as a product of Cushing.
Jay is an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee. He lives with his wife and 2 year old son in Knoxville, TN. Jay’s pastime is playing his guitar and Country and Western music of his youth.