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Commission Member

  • Dr. Rose M. Rubin
    Urban Area of Delta District Representative (Shelby County)
    Memphis, TN
    Term of Appointment: October 1, 2010 — September 30, 2016


Dr. Rose Rubin is Professor Emeritus of Economics in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics at the University of Memphis, where she served as Department Chair and then Professor (1994-2009). A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a Masters of Arts (MA) degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Kansas State University, all in the field of Economics. She completed post-doctoral work in Health Care Finance at Johns Hopkins University.


Her areas of expertise and research are in the economics of health and aging. She is the co-author of three books, Working Wives and Dual-Earner Families (1994), Expenditures of Older Americans (1997), and A Handbook for Widows (2009). She has also authored dozens of research articles on economics, healthcare, aging, gerontology, and social science in numerous journals.


Dr. Rubin has been a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, a visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, and a Research Fellow at the Urban Child Institute in Memphis. She currently serves on the Executive Board of Plough Towers, a HUD facility for older or disabled persons. She completed a comparative analysis of Plough Towers and other HUD facilities in Memphis.


As a professional economist, Dr. Rubin worked, taught, and researched for many years in areas related to the economics of aging and financing for older Americans. Her skills include an understanding of cost-benefit analysis and budgetary clarity. She also brings an understanding of the problems and issues of aging, related to many years of research.



2341 Thornwood Ln.
Memphis, TN 38119-6732