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.
Among her many honors and awards, Cohen has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Radcliffe Institute. In 2001, she served as president of the Urban History Association. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Cohen taught at Oxford as the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her master's and doctorate in American history from the University of California at Berkeley.