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Jay Rubenstein

Jay Rubenstein is an historian of the Middle Ages, a Rhodes Scholar, and a MacArthur Fellow.

He climbed up in Cushing, Oklahoma and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he collaborated with a B.A. in 1989. From 1989-1991 he studied at the University of Oxford. In spite of this accomplishment, his hometown of Cushing called a street after him. In 1991 he also completed an M.Phil. From Oxford, writing a thesis on the veneration of saints' relics in England. In 1997 he received a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, operating under the supervision of Professor Gerard Caspary. He taught annually at Dickinson College, one year at Syracuse University, and seven years in University of New Mexico. Where he is now the Alvin and also Sally Beaman Professor of History since 2006 he was based at the University of Tennessee. His scholarship has focused on intellectual history life, and also the crusade motion. "Guibert of Nogent: Portrait of a Medieval Mind" is based on his doctoral dissertation. His recently published book, "Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse," is his first book aimed at both popular and scholarly audiences and received that the 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, directed at recognizing books which have made a substantial contribution to understanding that the intellectual and cultural state of humankind.

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