Broadly, my research interests sit at the intersection between twentieth century American society, technology, and scientific knowledge. More specifically, I am interested in and have done research on:

  • Food history and culture, both in the US and the UK

  • Theater and performance, specifically the American musical

  • History of the human sciences

  • History of technology, such as food technologies (e.g., waffle irons) and the Internet


(PDFs of any of the following can be requested via email.)

In press: Jeffrey Rubel, “’You Never Need an Analyst with Bobby Around’: Mid-Twentieth Century Human Sciences in Sondheim and Furth’s Musical Company”, History of the Human Sciences, likely summer 2021

In press: Jeffrey Rubel, “Color and Light: Color Theory and Mechanization in Sunday in the Park with George’s Chromolume”, Studies in Musical Theater, likely summer 2021

Jeffrey Rubel, “In a Sense Imperfect: Seedlessness and the American Quest for Convenience in Fruit,” presentation and paper at The Oxford Symposium for Food and Cookery, presented July 2018, published July 2019

Jeffrey Rubel, “Something Within: Fish Preservation Through Time,” Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Spring 2018

Ken Savitsky, Jeremy Cone, Jeffrey Rubel, and Richard Eibach, “Haters are All the Same: Perceptions of Group Homogeneity Following Positive vs. Negative Feedback,” Journal on Experimental Social Psychology, May 2016; associated op-ed in Quartz (2017)

Jeffrey Rubel, “The Link Between Volcanoes, Phytoplankton, and Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide” (poster), Williams College Summer Science Poster Session, July 2016

Jeffrey Rubel, “The Waffle and Its Iron in America,” Petit Propos Culinaires (food history journal), April 2016