Deborah J. Cohan

Deborah J. CohanDeborah J. Cohan, Ph.D.

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. My areas of specialization include: gender-based violence, issues of the body and sexuality, race, creative nonfiction, and feminist pedagogy.

I am the author of Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving and Redemption

Additionally, I am working on two other book length projects that are currently under review. One project is about what is involved and what is at stake in teaching about intimacy, violence, trauma and the body, and the other is a book designed to help college students and their parents successfully navigate the landscape of higher education.

I am a writer for Psychology Today online and a regular contributor to Inside Higher Ed . I have also written for Teen Vogue.

In addition to appearing on various radio and television programs, my work has been featured in numerous national publications including: MSN, Real Simple, USA Today, US News & World Report, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Elite Daily, Utne Reader, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, TODAY, Bankrate, Vox, Slate, Vice News, Huffington Post, Bustle, Romper, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 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. 

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.