Jay Rubenstein, Class of 1985, is the latest inductee into the Cushing High School Hall of Fame.
He is the son of Gene — CHS Class of 1954 — and Marilyn Jenkins Rubenstein — Class of ’57 — and brother to Mark Rubenstein, Class of 1981.
He is the author of five 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.
Rubenstein has a sixth book, “Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: Prophecy, History and the Medieval Discovery of the West,” under contract to Oxford Press.
He was a merit scholar at CHS and graduated summa cum lauda at Northfield College in Minnesota.
His love of medieval history began in his junior year at Northfield, when he spent the year abroad studying at Oxford University. He was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1989 and studied at St. John’s College, University of Oxford
Jay received his master’s of philosophy from Oxford.
Rubenstein received his Ph.D in medieval European history in May 1997 from the University of California Berkley. He studied extensively for a year at the Vatican Library, preparing for a career as a writer and journalist.
Following graduation, Rubenstein served as an educator and professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Syracuse University and the University of New Mexico. He currently is an Alvin and Sally Professor of History at the University of Tennessee.
He lives with his wife and 2-year-old son in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he plays the country and western music of his youth on his guitar.
He is proficient in five languages. Rubenstein has been a guest lecturer and professor internationally in Germany, London, Jerusalem, Paris and many universities throughout Europe.
He has received various grants and awards: American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for research in Paris 2002-2003; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for research in Rome 2006-2007; and National Endowment for the Humanities for research in Paris 2007-2008. He was named A MacArthur Fellowship — Genius Award — 2008-2012.
He received $500,000 for the Genius Award.
The CHS Alumni Association said 20 pages of honors, awards, grants and accomplishments were submitted with Rubenstein’s nomination to the Hall of Fame.