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Lyle Jeremy Rubin

PhD, 2020
Advisor: Daniel Borus

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

Research Interests

My dissertation recovers a market socialist tendency in the United States, one that has embedded itself within a predominantly liberal discourse. It engages with an array of thinkers, some well-known (like Thomas Paine and Henry George) and others unjustifiably neglected (like the economists Esther Lowenthal and Abram Lincoln Harris).


"The Invisible Left Hand: Adam Smith and the Liberal Socialist Tradition in America, 1776-1926"


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

Selected Publications

Selected Publications


  • “A Not-So-Strange Case of Liberal Socialism: Adam Smith and Abolitionist Thought in the United States,” presented at the 2019 RadicalxChange Conference, The College for Creative Studies, Taubman Center, Detroit, MI: March 22-24, 2019.
  • “The Economist’s Second Smith: Between Market Liberalism and Market Socialism, 1843 to the Present,” presented at the 2016 Histories of Capitalism, 2.0 Conference, Cornell University: September 29-October 1, 2016.
  • “Adam Smith and the Neoliberal Presidency,” presented at the 2015 Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics (ICPP), Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA: October 29-31, 2015.
  • “Toward an Ecological Public: Mining a Third Way American Politics in the Work of Aaron Sachs,” presented at the 2015 Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) Conference, Washington, D.C.: October 15-18, 2015.
  • “Undemocratic Education: An Arendtian Analysis of the No Excuses Charter School Movement,” presented at the 8th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice, SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY: March 7, 2015.


  • 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