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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 Westview Press.

  • AB, University of Rochester; MA, PhD, University of Michigan
  • At Vassar since 1977

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Research and Academic Interests

  • History of Twentieth Century US
  • History of Women in the Twentieth Century US
  • History of American Social Reform

In the Media

Historians File Protest for State and Local History

Miriam Cohen, Professor of History on the Evalyn Clark Chair, and Owen Gutfreund ’85 were included in a New York History Blog story about historians who sent a letter to state legislators and regents identifying the need for a state historical association.
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. She is completing a manuscript with Michael Hanagan on the comparative history of the welfare state in England, France, and the United States, 1870-1950. They have published numerous articles dealing with various aspects of this work. 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 Westview Press in 2017.

Professor Cohen’s other recent professional activities include membership on the selection committee for the Joan Kelly Memorial Book Prize of the American Historical Association and the Final Selection Committee for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships in Women’s Studies, 2005 and 2008, and the Program Committee for the History of Education Society annual meeting in 2010. She was also a senior advisory editor of Encyclopedia of Women in American History (M.E. Sharpe, 2002).