Nancy L. Cohen is an author, historian, journalist, and political commentator who is recognized as a leading national expert on women and American politics. Currently Nancy is a visiting fellow at Occidental College.
Nancy’s most recent book, Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America, won wide acclaim. She has appeared on television, including on MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes, The Ed Show, and the Dylan Ratigan show. She has been been a featured guest on NPR and SiriusXM, including on the Leonard Lopate Show, On Point with Tom Ashbrook, and the Bob Edwards Show. She has been profiled and quoted in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Le Figaro, the London Observer, Salon.com, and elsewhere. She is a public speaker who has appeared at the Los Angeles Times and Boston book festivals, writers’ series, and conferences and classrooms throughout the country.
Nancy’s writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, the New Republic, the Guardian, RollingStone.com and elsewhere. She is the author of two previous books, The Reconstruction of American Liberalism: 1865-1914 and The 1990s: A Social History.
Nancy earned her PhD in history from Columbia University and her A.B. from Brown University. She has taught American history and political science at Columbia, Binghamton University, Cal State Long Beach, and other universities in New York and California. She has been a visiting scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Currently Nancy is teaching women and American politics in the History Department at Occidental College.
Previously Nancy worked as a senior policy analyst at LAANE, a leading Los Angeles nonprofit, where she helped negotiate a $500 million agreement to create jobs and clean up the environment in the low-income communities surrounding Los Angeles International Airport.
She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and near her husband and four stepchildren.