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Michael Rubinoff

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Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0604
Biography

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 partnered 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 Diego, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.  In 2014, Dr. Rubinoff was a panelist on 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). 

 

Research Interests

American History/Culture, Media and Politics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Modern Jewish Studies

 

Publications
  • Michael W. Rubinoff, "Jewish Resistance Depicted in the Popular Culture with a Focus on the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt". Holocaust Resistance in Europe and America, Victoria Khiterer and Abigail S. Gruber, eds. (2017). 
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. Holocaust Fantasy Films and Historical Considerations". The Holocaust: Memories and History,  Victoria Khiterer and David S. Misal, eds. (2014)
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Arlen Specter". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Louis B. Mayer". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Richard Rodgers". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Roy Cohn". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Shubert Brothers". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Sigmund Romberg". Great Lives from History: Jewish Americans, Raphael Medoff, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "Subtleties and Nuances in Jewish Film Humor". Studies in Jewish Civilization 22: Jews and Humor, Leonard J. Greenspon, ed. (2011).
  • Michael W. Rubinoff. "The Chosen: The Jew as American and Alien". The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema, Lawrence Baron, ed. (2011).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 109United States to 1865
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 350Diversity and Organizations
BIS 394Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
OGL 200Intro to Org Leadership
OGL 350Diversity and Organizations
REL 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
REL 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
OGL 350Diversity and Organizations
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
HST 355Total War and Crisis-Modernity
HST 394Special Topics
JST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
BIS 343Social Processes in Orgs
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BIS 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 301Found of Interdisc Studies
BIS 370Dimensions of Liberal Studies
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
BIS 484Internship
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
BIS 394Special Topics
BIS 402Senior Seminar
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
BIS 302Interdisciplinary Inquiry
HST 355Total War & Crisis-Modernity
BIS 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
BIS 401Applied Interdisc Studies
Presentations
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "The Forbidden Fruit: Jews, Shiksas, and Shaygetzes in Musicals". Western Jewish Studies Assn., Tempe, AZ (Mar 3010).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Jews, Gentiles, and Hollywood Musicals". Film & History Conference, Milwaukee, WI (Nov 2010).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Nuances and Subtleties in Jewish Film Humor". The Klutznick-Harris 23rd Annual Symposium, Creighton University, Omaha, NE, Oct. 25, 2009 (Oct 2009).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Radio and Cultural Visualization after World War II: The Railroad Hour and Film Nostalgia". The Radio Conference 2009, York University, Toronto, ON, July 29, 2009 (Jul 2009).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. Radio History session. The Radio Conference 2009, York University, Toronto, ON, July 29, 2009 (Jul 2009).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "De-Semitizing Celebrity Jews: Hollywood’s Musical Biopics, 1939-56". Western/Midestern Jewish Studies Conference, University of Denver, Denver, April 26, 2009 (Apr 2009).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Jewish Assimilation and Americanization in the Early 20th Century: The Triumph of Sigmund Romberg and The Student Prince". Western States Jewish Studies Assn. 14th Annual Conference (Apr 2008).
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Sigmund Romberg and the Book Musical of the 1920s". The Broadway Musical, 1920-2020
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "Summer of '42".
  • Rubinoff, Michael. "The War of the Worlds".
Service
  • ASU Jewish Studies High School Holocaust Essay Competition, Committee Member (2011 - Present)
  • CLAS/FMS, CLAS Convocation (2010 - Present)
  • FMS/ASU 101 & Academic Clusters, Committee Member (2008 - Present)
  • FMS/Text Book Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2007 - Present)
  • FMS/Text Book Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2007 - Present)
  • Center for Film, Media & Popular Culture, Provided of input for future projects (2007 - Present)
  • Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies Search Committee, Member (2013 - Present)
  • Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty Review Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies Personnel and Promotion Committee, Member (2014 - 2016)
  • Bachelor Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum Committee, Member (2012 - 2015)
  • Zócalo Public Square Program on Career of Barry Goldwater (telecast on C-SPAN), Panelist (2014 - 2014)
  • American Council on Education/US Department of Defense Information School (Fort Meade, MD), Academic Program Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Arizona Educators Regional Conference (Nov. 2013), Advisor (2013 - 2013)
  • Ad Hoc SLS Grade Appeal Committee, Chair (2013 - 2013)
  • ASU Online and Pat Tillman Veterans Center program with the American Council on Education, Member (2013 - 2013)
  • Millersville University (PA) Annual Conference on the Holocaust, Advisory Board Member (2011 - 2012)
  • Department of English Homecoming Committee, Member (2011 - 2011)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, ASU Representative (2010 - 2011)
  • ASU Pre-Service Teachers Program, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum/Belfer First Step Program, Campus Coordinator and Presenter (2010 - 2011)
  • FMS: Member of the Graduate Admissions Committee, Committee member (2010 - 2010)
  • Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Pre-Screening Host (2010 - 2010)
  • Film Club of Paradise Valley, Guest Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Contributor/Advisor (2009 - 2009)
  • Film Club of Paradise Valley, Guest Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • University of Phoenix, Inc., Member, Faculty Advisory Council (2009 - 2009)
  • University of Phoenix, Inc., Member, Faculty Advisory Council (2008 - 2008)
  • Arizona Holocaust Initiative for Teacher Education (AZHITE) in conjunction with NAU and UoA, Co-Sponsor/Host (2008 - 2008)
  • FMS Curriculum Committee, Committee Member (2008 - 2008)
  • ASU Graduation Ceremony, FMS Representative (2008 - 2008)
  • FMS/Unit Undergraduate Academic Advisor Search, Committee Member (2008 - 2008)
  • Arizona Meeting, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Attendee (2008 - 2008)
  • FMS/New Industries Assistant Professor Search, Committee Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Jewish Studies Program/New Director Search, Observer (2007 - 2008)
  • Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Consultant (2007 - 2007)
  • CLAS Convocation/FMS, Attendee (2007)
  • FMS/Associate Professor Search (Entertech), Committee Member (2007 - 2007)
  • FMS/New Industries Assistant Professor Search, Committee Member (2007 - 2007)
  • FMS/Course Regularization Packages, Preparer of Package (2007 - 2007)
  • CLAS Dean/Future of Distance Learning, FMS Representative (2007)
  • Jewish Studies Program, Liaison (2007 - 2007)
  • FMS/FMS Unit Future/FMS Director Search, Committee Member (2007 - 2007)
  • CLAS Graduation/FMS, Attendee (2007)