Dr. Michael R. Cohen, Ph.D is Sizeler Professor and chair of Jewish Studies at Tulane University. He is the author of Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era (New York University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize. He is also the author of The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter's Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement (Columbia University Press, 2012), as well as several articles and reviews.
Dr. Cohen earned his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and his A.B. with honors from Brown University. He is co-director of Privilege and Prejudice, Jewish History in the American South (2019), which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cohen chairs the Association for Jewish Studies' Directors Group and serves as their Division Co-Chair for Modern Jewish History in the Americas, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, and he serves as the Senior Historical Advisor for the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience. He is an academic advisory board member for the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture, a board member of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, and he has served as a scholar-in-residence for the American Jewish Archives.