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Jay Rubenstein

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

Jay Rubenstein
Alma materCarleton College
University of Oxford
University of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
InstitutionsDickinson College
Syracuse University
University of New Mexico
University of Tennessee



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. 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]


  • Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse. Basic Books. 2011. ISBN 0-465-01929-3.
  • Guibert of Nogent (2011). Jay Rubenstein, Joseph McAlhany, eds. Monodies and On the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from the Time of the Crusades. Penguin Classics. ISBN 0-14-310630-9.
  • "Cannibals and Crusaders," French Historical Studies 31 (2008): 525-52 | url=
  • Sally N. Vaughn, Jay Rubenstein, eds. (2006). Teaching and Learning in Northern Europe, 1000-1200. Brepols. ISBN 978-2-503-51419-2.
  • "What Is the Gesta Francorum, and Who Is Peter Tudebode?" Revue Mabillon 16 (2005): 179-204.
  • "Biography and Autobiography in the Middle Ages," in Writing Medieval History: Theory and Practice for the Post-Traditional Middle Ages, ed. Nancy Partner. Arnold: London, 2005, pp. 53–69.
  • "Putting History to Use: Three Crusade Chronicles in Context," Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 35 (2004): 131-68.
  • Susan Janet Ridyard, ed. (2004). "How, or How Much, to reevaluate Peter the Hermit". The medieval crusade. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-1-84383-087-0.
  • Guibert of Nogent: Portrait of a Medieval Mind. Routledge. 2003. ISBN 978-0-415-93970-6.
  • Stephen Morillo, ed. (2001). "Principled Passion or Ironic Detachment? The Gregorian Reform as Experienced by Guibert of Nogent". The Haskins Society journal: studies in medieval history. Boydell Press. ISBN 978-0-85115-911-9.
  • "Liturgy Against History: The Competing Visions of Lanfranc and Eadmer of Canterbury." Speculum 74 (1999): 271-301.
  • Richard Eales, Richard Sharpe, eds. (1995). "The Life and Writings of Osbern of Canterbury". Canterbury and the Norman conquest: churches, saints, and scholars, 1066-1109. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-85285-068-5.


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