About Joseph Cohen

Joseph Nathan Cohen is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College.  Click here for vita.

Education. He earned his doctorate at Princeton University, studying under Miguel CentenoPaul DiMaggioBruce Western, and Scott Lynch.  He earned his Bachelor’s in International Business from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

Research. Professor Cohen’s research areas include household finance, consumption, marketing, media, economic policy, governance, wellbeing, and quantitative analysis.  He is the author of two academic books: Financial Crisis in American Households (2017, Praeger) and Global Capitalism (2010, Polity, with Miguel Centeno).  His analyses have been featured in several major media outlets, including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associate PressBloomberg, National Public Radio, and the Providence Journal.

Currently, he is working on three projects.  The first is a comparative study of US and Canadian middle class household finances.  The second studies content creation enterprise formation and administration.  The third examines the rhetroic and empirics of political and cultural characterizations of capitalism and socialism. For more information on his current research projects, click here.

College Service Work. Professor Cohen’s is Associate Director, and former Director, of Queens College’s Analytics Program, a graduate program that offers New Yorkers high-quality, highly-affordable analytics training.   We are responsible for ensuring that the working classes of Queens and Nassau counties (population ~2.5 million) have an avenue into one of the economy’s most promising job sectors.

Community Service Work. He also runs Sociocast, a nonprofit program that creates, curates, distributes, and promotes podcast programming for the sociology academic community.  In 2019, this project received professional commendations from the American Sociological Association.  The program also creates paid internships for financial-aid eligible students, giving them work opportunities with flexible hours, free training in practical tasks associated with median enterprise management, and work that aspirants to New York’s media industry can put on their vita and LinkedIn page.

Teaching Work. Throughout his time at Queens College, Professor Cohen has developed curricula for Queens College’s advanced analytics, introductory statistics, and research methodology curricula. Click here for teaching materials.

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