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Jeffrey E. Cohen

Office: Rose Hill, Faber Hall 675
Phone: 718-817-3956


PhD, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1979
BA, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1973


Jeffery Cohen's major teaching and research interests include American Political Institutions and Public Policy, more particularly the Presidency, the Mass Media, and Economic Policy. Jeffrey E. Cohen came to Fordham University in 1997, after teaching for 20 years in large universities in the Midwest and South, including Alabama, Illinois, and Kansas. He has also been interviewed on numerous occasions by the press, including NPR. Professor Cohen is also a movie buff of older films from the 1930s-1950s, especially film noir.


Professor Cohen has published extensively in the major Political Science journals, including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, and is currently the editor of the "Polls" for Presidential Studies Quarterly. His books include Presidential Responsiveness and Public Policy, which won the 1998 Richard E. Neustadt Award of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association.

Research Interests

Professor Cohen conducts research on American politics and policy making, which a focus on the American presidency. His studies have investigate the public opinion regarding the presidency, presidential relations with the news media, and presidential relations with Congress. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters. His book, Going Local: Presidential Leadership in the Post-Broadcast Age (Cambridge University Press, 2010) won both the 2011 Richard E. Neustadt Award from the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Science Association and the 2012 Goldsmith Award from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Previously, his book, Presidential Responsiveness and Public Policy Making (University of Michigan Press, 1997) also won the Richard E. Neustadt Award from the Presidency Research Group in 1998. His most recent book, Presidential Leadership in Public Opinion: Causes and Consequences, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Courses Taught

  • POSC 1100—Introduction to Politics
  • POSC 3217—The American Presidency
  • POSC 3321—American Public Policy
  • POSC 4015–American Economic Policy
  • POSC 4305—Seminar: American Politics

Curriculum Vitae