Steven M. Cohen
Steven Cohen is a Jewish American sociologist and professor
of social policy.
Born on April 3, 1950 in Brooklyn, New
York, Steven Cohen is the son of Toby nee Fassman and Max Cohen
and the grandchild of Eastern European Jewish immigrants. He was raised
in a home characterized by a strong connection with Jewish
history, culture, and religion.
Cohen is a renowned sociologist of American Jewry and
directs the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University Wagner.
In the past, Cohen has served as Professor at the Melton Centre for
Jewish Education; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Queens College,
City University of New York. He has also been a visiting professor at
Brandeis University, Yale University, and the Jewish
Theological Seminary in New York City.
Cohen received his B.A. from Columbia University in
1970 and his Ph.D in sociology,
also from Columbia, in 1974. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on “Interethnic
Marriage and Friendship.”
Cohen has written or edited a dozen books and hundreds
of scholarly articles and reports on such issues as Jewish identity,
community and education. He co-authored The Jew Within: Self, Family
and Community in America with Arnold Eisen. He co-authored with
Charles Liebman Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American
Experience and Cosmopolitans and Parochials: Modern Orthodox
Jews in America with Samuel Heilman. Some of his earlier publications
include American Modernity & Jewish Identity and American
Assimilation or Jewish Revival?
In 2011, Cohen received an honorary doctorate from
the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and, in 2010 he received the
Marshall Sklare Award for the Association for the Social Scientific
Study of Jewry. Also in 2010, he was cited by the Forward as one of
the Forward Fifty, for the second time. His book, Sacred Strategies,
that he coauthored, won a National Jewish Book Award in 2010.
Cohen is married to Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen and the
couple splits their time between Jerusalem and New York
Sources: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion,
“Faculty: Steven M. Cohen,” HUC,