Robert Cohen is a professor of history and social studies in NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He is an affiliated member of NYU’s History Department. His historical scholarship focuses on politics, higher education, and social protest in twentieth-century America. His social studies work links middle and high school teachers with the recent advances in historical scholarship, and develops curriculum aimed at teaching their students to explore history as a critical discipline – and one that is characterized by intense and exciting debate.
- Cohen's recent books include: Rebellion in Black and White: Southern Student Activism in the 1960s. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2013, co-edited with David J. Snyder;
- Freedoms' Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s. Oxford University Press: 2009;
- Teaching US History: Dialogues Among Social Studies Teachers and Historians. Routledge: 2010, co-edited with Diana Turk, Rachel Mattson, and Terrie Epstein.
- Cohen's other books include Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: Letters from Children of the Great Depression. University of North Carolina Press, 2002;
- The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s. University of California Press, 2002, co-edited with Reginald Zelnik;
- When the Old Left Was Young: Student Radicals and America's First Mass Student Movement, 1929-1941.Oxford University Press: 1993. He is the consulting editor for Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years, Vol. 1 Made for America, University of Illinois Press, 2003, and Vol. 2 Making Speech Free, University of Illinois Press, 2005.