Miriam Cohen Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair
Miriam Cohen is Evalyn Clark Professor of History at Vassar College. Her specialties include the history of American women and twentieth-century social history. Her first book, Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City was published by Cornell University Press in 1993. She has published numerous articles on the history of social welfare in Europe and the United States. Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Reform was published in 2017 by Routledge. In 2020 she helped organize the Vassar events commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. She also published Votes for Women: Vassar and the Politics of Women’s Suffrage, an essay to accompany the online library exhibition on the history of Vassar’s role in the suffrage movement.
- AB, University of Rochester; MA, PhD, University of Michigan
- At Vassar since 1977
In the Media
How Public Schools Became America’s Social Safety Net
Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair, was quoted in a Nation article about how public schools became America’s social safety net.
Vassar Faculty Panel: The History of Social Movements and the Fight for Racial Justice
Summer Institute for the Liberal Arts
Vassar and the Vote
Vassar College is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with a variety of exhibitions and programs that will examine the women’s suffrage movement—including some Vassar alumnae who were leaders in the fight for the right to vote.
What a Wonderful Time!
Lovely weather and a stunning campus greeted 1,800 alumnae/i and guests for Reunion 2018. From June 7-10, alumnae/i enjoyed dozens of events from the annual parade to receptions, tours, lectures, and more!
Historians File Protest for State and Local History
December 4, 2017
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Miriam Cohen, Evalyn Clark Professor of History, has been at Vassar since 1977. She received her BA at the University of Rochester in 1971 and PhD in history from the University of Michigan in 1978. Her specialties include the history of American women and the history of twentieth-century social reform. Her book, Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City (1993) was a finalist for the Thomas Znaniecki Prize of the American Sociological Association. With Michael Hanagan, she published numerous articles on the comparative history of the welfare state in England, France, and the United States. Her article, “Reconsidering Schools and the American Welfare State,” History of Education Quarterly 45:4 (Winter, 2005) was selected as one of forty articles for the journal’s Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective issue published in Fall, 2010, which highlights the major trends of the first fifty years of the journal. Her book Julia Lathrop: Social Service and Progressive Government, was published by Routledge in 2017. In 2020 she helped organize the Vassar events commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment. She also published Votes for Women: Vassar and the Politics of Women’s Suffrage, an essay to accompany the online library exhibition on the history of Vassar’s role in the suffrage movement.
Professor Cohen’s other professional activities include service on the Joan Kelly Memorial Book Prize of the American Historical Association, the Final Selection Committee for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships in Women’s Studies, the Grants-in-Aid Committee of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and the Program Committee for the History of Education Society. She has also served as a trustee of the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians and she was an advisory editor of Encyclopedia of Women in American History .