Julius H. Rubin, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Academic Degrees A.B., Clark University
Ph.D., New School For Social Research

Ever since his work as a psychiatric aide in a mental hospital, Dr. Julius Rubin has been interested in Sociology. Since then, he has never stopped researching, questioning, and writing.  Dr. Rubin’s course, Sociology of the Family, examines issues from a feminist perspective. “Much of what I teach is interdisciplinary. I bring in historical and sociological data, and we examine how women have been affected by from colonial times until now.”

Dr. Rubin has been instrumental in bringing Native American scholarship to the University, and he has done a tremendous amount of research into the effect of religion and culture in 18th and 19th century American life.

Dr. Rubin stresses that “for Sociology majors, there is a tremendous opportunity to get involved in direct field work. You can be part of a community research team, work with agencies, and examine women’s roles. You name it.” Dr. Rubin stresses the importance of students “seeing beyond themselves” and expanding their perspectives by engaging in applied experience. “Above all,” he notes, “I see teaching as a public trust.”

Recent Research/Publications

  • “Melancholy” in John C. Corrigan (ed), Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2005.
  • “Samson Occom and Christian Indian Community and Identity in Southern New England After the Great Awakening,” in Eighteenth Century Native Communities in Southern New England in the Colonial Context, (ed) Jack Campisi, forthcoming, spring 2005.
  • “The Transformation of Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Demark: Symbolic Ethnicity and the “Work of Culture” review essay of After the Rescue, Jewish Identity and Community in Contemporary Denmark by Andrew Buckser, New York: Palgrave Macmillian, 2003, Contemporary Sociology, March, 2005.
  • “Total Institutions,” chapter Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer,  Sage Publications, 2004.
  • “Contested Narratives: A Case Study of the Conflict Between a New Religious Movement and Its Critics,” in Benjamin Zablocki and Thomas Robbins (editors), Misunderstanding Cults, University of Toronto Press, 2001.
  • “The Deferred Ministry of James Lockwood Wright,” Publick Post, proceedings of the Glastonbury Historical Society, summer 2001.
  • The Other Side of Joy: Religious Melancholy Among the Bruderhof, Oxford University Press, 2000
  • “The Other Side of Joy, Harmful Religion in an Anabaptist Community,” in Harmful Religion, An Exploration of Religious Abuse , edited by Lawrence Osborn and Andrew Walker, London: SPCK, 1997.
  • Religious Melancholy and Protestant Experience in America Religion in America Series, New York, Oxford University Press, 1994
  • Family Violence in Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management, 1984.
  • “Remembrances of Student Life With Benjamin Nelson,” Comparative Civilizations Review , No. 8, Fall 1982.