Ernest R. Rugenstein

PhD, Cultural History

  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural History, Union Institute & University
  • M.A., European History, University at Albany, SUNY
  • M.A., Religion/Ministry, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • B. A., History, Potsdam College, SUNY



Ernest R. (Rich) Rugenstein IV

2505 15th Street, Troy, NY 12180



(518) 256-4838



Ernest R. Rugenstein
PhD, Cultural History

Dr. Rugenstein received his PhD in Cultural History from Union Institute & University in 2009 and has been teaching in post-secondary education since 2003. He is published and specializes in research and investigation. His experience in higher education involves long term adjunct appointments at higher education institutions, including Hudson Valley Community College. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “Clash of Cultures: Uprising at Akwesasne” and centered on the violence at a reservation near Massena, NY from 1989 to 1990. He has an M.A. in European History and an M.A. in Religion/Ministry with a B.A. in History.

Research Experience

  • Current Research on Cornelius V. Collins, Supt. of NYS Prisons 1898-1911 2010-Present
  • Current Research on Lindenwood Park, Troy, NY 1910-1922 2009-Present
  • Mohican Cultural Characteristics N’DahAhKi: Native Information Group 2003-2006
  • Algonquian Cultural Studies Native American Institute, Albany, NY 2003-2008


  • Rugenstein, Ernest R. “The Magee Collection.” The Meeting House: Newsletter of the Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley (Spring 2004): 15-16.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R. The Magee Collection: A Collection of Ancient and Mohican Artifacts, Kinderhook, NY: Columbia County Historical Society, 2004.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R., Ph.D., “Evidence for Settlements Along the Kinderhook.” In Mohican Seminar 3: The Journey, an Algonquian Peoples Seminar, ed. Shirley W. Dunn, Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, State Education Department, 2009.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R., Ph.D., The Cultural Historian Blog,, 2009.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R., Ph.D., Indigenous People Reclaiming Their Rights, Native American Netroots,
  •, August 2, 2010.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R., Ph.D., Cultural History, twitter,!/CulturalHistory, 2010.
  • Rugenstein, Ernest R., Ph.D., Revolutions, ABLE Innovations Blog: News and Tips from around the world,, April 26, 2011.

Electronic Media Contributions

  • The Community Daily, twitter,, 2010.
  • The malik berkati j:mag Daily, twitter,, 2010.
  • Plastificar Daily, twitter,, 2011.


  • Walking Presentation on the History of Albany, NY 1620-1800, Albany, NY, 29 July 2003.
  • Photo-imaging: Taking Curatorial Pictures and Documenting Events, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, National Park Service, Kinderhook, NY, 12 January 2004.
  • “Settlements Along the Kinderhook?” Fifth Annual Algonquian People’s Conference 2004; New York State Museum, Albany, NY, 13 March 2004.

Book/Chapter Reviews

McKay, John P., Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, and Joe Perry, “Chapter 7: Late Antiquity 250 – 600,” In A History of Western Society, New York: Bedford – St. Martins, 2010.

McKay, John P., Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, and Joe Perry, “Chapter 13: European Society in the Age of the Renaissance, 1350 -1550,” In A History of Western Society, New York: Bedford – St. Martins, 2010.

Delaware State University (6 years)

Instructor in the Graduate School of Education and served as a personal counselor in the Counseling Center.  Conducted Counselor Training in Group Dynamics and Humanistic Psychology. Director of the First Year Orientation Class/Workshops.

Academic/Professional Experience and Employment


Intercultural Open University Foundation, Wilmington, Del./Opeinde, Netherlands 2011-present

• Resource Scholar

• Collaboration with learners/students on their doctoral committee and projects.

Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY 2007-present

• 4 to 8 credit hours a semester

• Distant Learning/Online: Angel Academic Suite

• Asynchronous courses

• Courses taught:

HIS 242104-02X: World History I to 1600 (online)

Review the factors that contributed to the rise of civilization from the earliest times through c. 1600 AD. Compare and contrast the world’s first major civilizations in Mesopotamia, China, India and Egypt, as well as Mexico, Central America and Peru. Focus on civilizations, which reached maturity through military superiority, great and extensive political power, or culture, such as China. As the classical foundation of western civilization, Greek and Roman civilization is given special consideration. Examine the impact of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism in shaping world civilization. The transitional period of 1000-1400 is given particular emphasis.

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY 2004-Present

• 12 credit hours a semester

• Classroom and online instruction

• Distant Learning/Online: Blackboard Academic Suite

• Asynchronous courses

• Courses taught”

HIST 100: Western Civilization and the World 1

A survey course in Western Civilization and its interactions with other nonwestern cultures of the world from the ancient civilizations of the East to those of the 17th century.

HIST 100: Western Civilization and the World 1 (online)

A survey course in Western Civilization and its interactions with other nonwestern cultures of the world from the ancient civilizations of the East to those of the 17th century.

HIST 101: Western Civilization and the World 2

A survey course in Western Civilization and its interactions with other nonwestern cultures of the world from the 17th century to those of the 20th century.

HIST 110: Interpretations of American History 1

Issues and problems in American history through Civil War period.

HIST 135: History of the Twentieth Century

This course focuses on the totalitarian regimes of the 30s and 40s; World War II and post-war settlements; Third World development; and the intellectual response of the West to political and social turbulence of a nuclear war.

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY 2003-2008

• 3 to 6 credit hours per semester

• Classroom instruction

• Courses taught:

HIS 125: Western Civilization to 1715

This course is a survey of the evolution of Western Civilization from ancient times to 1715.Emphasis is on identifying and analyzing the major cultural practices, ideas, and institutions that form the heritage of Western Civilization. Attention also is given to interactions with non-Western cultures.

HIS 127: Western Civilization since 1715

This course is a survey of Western Civilization since 1715. Emphasis is on the development of the distinctive economic, political, social, and cultural features of Western Civilization during this period. The course also relates the development of Western Civilization to that of other regions of the world during the period.

Technician: Cultural Resource Management Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 2005 summer

• Standard archeological field techniques

• Drawing of location profile and recording of objects

• Researching and reconstruction of objects found

Curatorial Internship: Martin Van Buren National Historic Site 2003-2004 National Park Service, Kinderhook, NY

• Methods of documenting, preserving, and researching artifacts

• Identifying interpretive and educational uses for artifacts.

• Interpret a previously un-accessioned, undocumented collection of artifacts.

Chairman: Native American Institute Albany, NY

• Chairman of the Board of Directors 2006-2007

• Secretary to the Board of Directors 2004-2006

• Board of Directors/Executive Board 2004-2008

• Senior Editor NAI Journal: 2004-2006

• Curriculum Committee: 2004-2008

• Research Group: 2003-2008

Teacher: Enlarged City School District Troy, NY

• Substitute High School Teacher: German, Global Studies 1999-2006

Ordained Minister: The Wesleyan Church: Eastern New York-New England District Glens Falls, NY

• Pastor: North Greenbush Community Wesleyan 1999-2004

• Director of Christian Education: District 1999-2003

• Director of District Youth: District 1996-1999

• Pastor: West Chazy Wesleyan Church 1995-1999

• Pastor: Macomb Wesleyan Church 1993-1995

• Supply Pastor 1988-1993

Deputy Sheriff: St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Dept. Canton, NY

• Special Deputy: Corrections 1991-1992

Teacher: New York State High Schools St. Lawrence County, NY

• Substitute Teacher: History, Math, Science 1990-1992

Massena Central School, Lisbon Central School, Colton Central School Potsdam Central School

Administrative Experience

  • Faculty Club Advisor, Hudson Valley Community College, Upstate Gaming Club 2011-Present
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors Native American Institute, Albany, NY 2006-2007
  • Dir. of Christian Education E.NY-New England Dist., Wesleyan 1999-2003
  • Dir. of District Youth E.NY-New England Dist., Wesleyan 1996-1999
  • Sr. Pastor The Wesleyan Church 1993-2003

Committee Experience

  • Curriculum Committee: Mohican Native American Institute, Albany, NY 2004-2008
  • Summer Youth Camp Committee E.NY-New England Dist., Wesleyan 1988-2003

Seminars Attended

  • Writing for an Academic Audience: Norman Harris, Ph.D., Union Institute & University 2003
  • Poetry Therapy for Healing Professionals, Cross-Cultural: S. Penn, Ph.D. and Sherry Reiter, Ph.D., Union Institute & University 2004
  • The Experience of Healing in a Cross-Cultural Context: Bethe Hagens, Ph.D. and William H. McKelvie, Ed.D., Union Institute & University 2004

Language Skills

English: First Language
German: Reading: above average; Conversational: fair

Technical Skills

  • Proficient with Windows and Macintosh computer operating systems.
  • Ability to use Appleworks 5, Pages, Microsoft Word, Numbers, Excel, Keynote, Power Point, Endnotes
  • Skilled in document and online research and digital imaging.
  • Proficient in Global Positioning Systems (Garmin)
  • Experienced with online and distant learning course teaching and construction.
  • Ability to design curriculum and implement using Blackboard and Angel Academic Suites


  • American Historical Association 2009-Present
  • Rensselaer County Historical Society 2005-Present
  • New York Capital Region Geocachers 2005-Present
  • American Educational Research Association 2002-Present
  • Conference Group for Central European History 2000-Present
  • Phi Alpha Theta 1992-Present

Community Work

  • New York Capital Region Geocaching CITO Events 2005-Present
  • Troy Community Food Co-op member 2006-Present

Professional Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Minister – Full Gospel Methodist Church 1984
  • Ordained Minister – Full Gospel Methodist Church 1986
  • Ordination validated by The Wesleyan Church 1994


Peter Sawyer, Ph.D.
Hudson Valley Community College
Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180-6096
Phone: (518) 629-7690

Dan S. White, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
University at Albany, SUNY
Department of History
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 442-5382

Patricia West-McKay, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Center for Applied Historical Research
University at Albany, SUNY
Supervisory Museum Curator
Martin van Buren National Historic Site
National Park Service
Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road
Kinderhook, New York 12106-3605
Phone: (518) 758-9689

Arlene Sacks, Ed.D.
Dean of Education
Union Institute & University
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program
Venture Centre Ste 102
16853 NE Second Ave
N Miami Beach, FL 33162-1746
Phone: (800) 294-8884 ex. 2152

Rev. Timothy Hawk, M.A.
Facility Chaplain
Upstate Correctional Facility
New York State Department of Correctional Services
309 Bare Hill Road
P.O. Box 2000
Malone, New York 12953
Phone: (518) 483-6997