Dr. Michael Rubinoff is a faculty member of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Joining ASU in 1997, he has taught a wide array of traditional and online courses within the Interdisciplinary Studies/Organizational Leadership programs (core/special topics and electives), History, Film & Media Studies, and Religious Studies. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Rubinoff resided in Washington, DC for 17 years. There he served in administrative and writing capacities with major research organizations and was appointed as a deputy assistant secretary in the International Trade Administration/US Dept. of Commerce. In this federal position, he managed a $13M grant program, including 10 regional offices operated with major universities and private sector partners. Additionally, he was a classical film and video writer at the Washington Times. Dr. Rubinoff holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of Denver.
Publications and Presentations
Among Dr. Rubinoff's recent publications are:
- "Jewish Resistance Depicted in the Popular Culture with a Focus on the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt" in Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America, ed. Victoria Khiterer and Abigail S. Gruber (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: UK, 2017).
- "Holocaust Fantasy Films and Historical Considerations" in The Holocaust: Memories and Histories, ed. Victoria Khiterer, Ryan Barrick, and David Misal (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: UK, 2014).
- “The Chosen" - "The Jew as American and Alien,” for The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, ed. Lawrence Baron (Brandeis University Press, 2011).
- “Subtleties and Nuances in Jewish Film Humor,” for Studies in Jewish Civilization 22: Jews and Humor, ed. Leonard J. Greenspoon (Purdue University Press, 2011).
- Essays on Roy Cohn, Louis B. Mayer, Richard Rodgers, Sigmund Romberg, the Shubert Brothers, and Arlen Specter for Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, ed. Raphael Medoff (Salem Press, 2011).
In the past decade, he has also presented papers at scholarly conferences in New York, Toronto, Millersville/Lancaster (PA), Miami, Milwaukee, Omaha, Denver, Tempe, San Antonio, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. In 2014, Dr. Rubinoff was a panelist for a Zócalo Public Square program aired on C-SPAN.
Additional Professional Activities
- Faculty Partner for an ASU Online, Next Generation Courseware Challenge, project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Cogbooks Adaptive Learning Systems - HST 110: United States since 1865.
- Faculty Creative Team Member, ASU Online/edX.org Partnership for development of Open Access Course/ASU Freshman Global Academy - HST 102: Western Civilization. Contributions included writing and recording PowerPoint presentations and video lectures.
Since 2007, Dr. Rubinoff has been part of an educators working group sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). Most recently, Dr. Rubinoff served on consulting teams formed by the American Council on Education (ACE), charged with evaluating media-related courses for the U.S. Dept of Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Meade, MD (2014) and several proposed comprehensive exams for StraighterLine online courses, Linthicum Heights, MD (2016).