University of Rochester

Lyle Jeremy Rubin

PhD Candidate, ABD

Field: American History

Major Fields: American History

Minor Fields: US Intellectual History, Modernity and Modernism (Transnational)

Research Interests: My dissertation interprets the differing American meanings and deployments of the political economist Adam Smith's thought from the time of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine through the ascendance of Milton Friedman, Ronald Reagan, and Ron (and Rand) Paul.

Adviser: Daniel H. Borus

Dissertation: "The Invincible Hand: Adam Smith and the Capitalist Imagination in American Thought"

MA, University of Rochester, 2013
BA, Emory University, 2005

Contact Info

Lyle Rubin


Teaching Experience:

  • History 191: Vietnam: The American War, Co-Instructor, University of Rochester, Spring 2016
  • History 202: Health, Medicine, and Social Reform, Teaching Assistant for Dr. Theodore Brown, University of Rochester, Spring 2015
  • History 225: The First World War: A Centennial History, Teaching Assistant/ Section Leader for Dr. Stewart Weaver, University of Rochester, Fall 2014


  • 2016 Meyers Graduate Teaching Award, which is given to “the graduate who has demonstrated excellence in teaching”
  • 2015 Donald Marks “Dexter Perkins” Prize, which is given “to perpetuate the name of Dexter Perkins and is to encourage and assist a worthy student who is majoring in history in his/her cultural  and intellectual development”
  • Folger Shakespeare Library, Grant-in-Aid for “Debating Capitalism: Early Modern Political Economies” seminar, 2015