Jeffrey Rubel is an educator, historian, and edtech leader.

As a scholar, Jeffrey's interests span the intersections between technology, business, and society. Jeffrey has published articles on the history of the waffle iron in America (Petit Propos Culinaire), fish preservation through time (The Graduate Journal of Food Studies), and how the Sondheim musical Company conveys 1960s understandings of the human sciences (History of the Human Sciences), among other topics. 

Currently, his research explores the people producing and using technology in modern America. He is working on an article about how policymakers and the public reconfigured urban culture around the introduction of the Walkman headphones, and his PhD dissertation looks at the history of the dating industry and the rise of dating apps in the US. 

In the classroom, Jeffrey has taught across disciplines and grade levels from middle school geology to tenth grade chemistry to twelfth grade English. Jeffrey strives to create a classroom that demonstrates science as an ever-evolving, sometimes-fallible process. He does so through a combination of inquiry-based activities and an emphasis on the sociocultural contexts in which scientific knowledge has been developed. Lofty ideals aside, he sees teaching as an emotional process, so he works to create a fun, engaging, and light-hearted classroom where students feel comfortable engaging and taking risks.

Jeffrey's work in education expands beyond his research and teaching. While at Bain and Company, he helped develop a grant program for innovative postsecondary education pathways, and he has worked as both the corporate strategy director and chief of staff (for Heinemann) at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the nation's leading K-12 education companies. 

When not thinking about science and society, Jeffrey can be found baking snickerdoodles, reading in coffee shops, watching theater, or kayaking.


Williams College: B.A., Geosciences (2017)

University of Cambridge: M.Phil., History of Science and Medicine (2020)

New York University: Ph.D., History (2023-)


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Corporate Strategy Director (2022-2023); Chief of Staff, Heinemann (2023-)

The Episcopal Academy: Upper School Science Teacher (2020-2021)

Bain and Company: Associate Consultant (2017-2019)

Mount Greylock Regional School: Teaching Fellow, ScienceBlast program founder, head Envirothon coach (2013-2017)