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Lizabeth Cohen

Lizabeth Cohen is the Howard Mumford Jones Professor American Studies and Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  She is the author of Making a New Deal:  Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (1990, new edition with new introduction 2008), winner of the Bancroft Prize and a finalist for the Pulitzer, and A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (2003).  She is also the co-author, with David Kennedy, of a college-level U.S. History textbook, The American Pageant (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010).  Her interests have focused on integrating social, cultural, and political history in the twentieth century, probing how people’s social and cultural experiences and identities shaped their political orientations.  In her current research, about which she has lectured and published essays, she is exploring the rebuilding of American cities after World War II by investigating the life and career of a major figure in urban renewal, Edward J. Logue, who worked in New Haven in the 1950s, Boston in the 1960s, and New York City and State from 1968-1985.  During academic year 2007-8 she was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University, and over the years she has received fellowship support from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Her current research is supported by grants from the Real Estate Academic Initiative, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, all of Harvard University. The book is under contract with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

Selected Publications

  • A Consumers' Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America (2003, 2004)
  • The American Pageant co-author (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013)
  • Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 (1990, 2008)

 

Lizabeth Cohen

Position: Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies

Field: United States

Specialty: 20th century US History, History of the Built Environment, Urban History, History of Consumption

2013-2014:
- History 2470hf: Workshop in 20th-Century US History (full year)

Contact Info

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Fay House
10 Garden Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

lizabeth_cohen@radcliffe.harvard.edu

 

Office Hours: Contact Susan Singer at susan_singer@radcliffe.edu  or by phone at 5-8602 for appointment.