Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
My areas of specialization include: gender-based violence, issues of the body and sexuality, race, creative nonfiction, and feminist pedagogy.
I am an interdisciplinary sociologist, a feminist sociologist, and a public sociologist---creating and applying sociological insights for public knowledge and for the public good. As a public sociologist, my work is intended to be accessible and relevant to people outside the academy. To that end, my writing is published by academic presses and by trade publications for a general audience. I also publish creative nonfiction and poetry.
I am working on two book length projects. One is a memoir about caregiving for an ill and elderly parent who was abusive. A portion of this was published by Utne Reader. https://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/dementia-and-the-gold-pen-ze0z1604zsel. The second book project is about what is involved and what is at stake in teaching about intimacy, violence, trauma and the body.
I am a writer for Psychology Today online. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/social-lights
In addition to appearing on various radio and television programs, my work has been featured in publications including: The San Francisco Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed, Vox, Slate, Vice News, Bustle, Romper, The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor.
I have done domestic violence work in four states and have spoken widely on abuser/survivor dynamics. I am a sought after speaker on a variety of social issues. I worked as a counselor and clinical supervisor at the first battering intervention program in the United States. I have also served as an expert consultant for attorneys in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
I am trained in mindfulness and healing work, and I facilitate Deep River workshops. http://deepriverwithin.com/portfolio/deb-cohan-sc/
Prior to arriving at USCB, I taught at Harvard University, University of Connecticut-Storrs, Connecticut College, University of Massachusetts-Boston and Regis College.
After earning my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I went on to earn a M.A. in sociology at the University of Texas-Austin. I earned a joint M.A in women's studies and sociology at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in sociology at Brandeis.