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Michael David Cohen

Research Professor of Government, American University

Michael David Cohen, a historian of nineteenth-century America, is a research professor in the Department of Government and a faculty fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. He serves as editor of the Correspondence of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. From 2009 to 2019, he edited the Correspondence of James K. Polk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Earlier he earned his PhD at Harvard University and worked on the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony at Rutgers University. Besides three volumes of the Polk series, Dr. Cohen has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and the book Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War.

Experience

  • 2019–present
    Research Professor of Government, American University
  • 2016–2019
    Associate Research Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2009–2015
    Assistant Research Professor of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2008–2009
    Postdoctoral Fellow in Historical Editing, Rutgers University

Education

  • 2008 
    Harvard University, PhD, History
  • 2002 
    Carleton College, BA, History and Mathematics

Publications

  • 2021
    Correspondence of James K. Polk, vol. 14, April 1848–June 1849, University of Tennessee Press
  • 2017
    Correspondence of James K. Polk, vol. 13, August 1847–March 1848, University of Tennessee Press
  • 2016
    School for Suffrage: The American Woman’s Republic, The Good Society
  • 2013
    Correspondence of James K. Polk, vol. 12, January–July 1847 (coeditor), University of Tennessee Press
  • 2013
    James K. Polk and the Mystery of Amor Patriæ, New England Quarterly
  • 2013
    The Selected Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, vol. 6, An Awful Hush, 1895 to 1906 (assistant editor), Rutgers University Press
  • 2012
    Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War, University of Virginia Press
  • 2005
    'What Gender Is Lex?’: Women, Men, and Power Relations in Colleges of the Nineteenth Century, Perspectives on the History of Higher Education
  • 2003
    Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations: ‘A Glancing Bird’s Eye View’ by a ‘Morbid Scholiast.’, Harvard Library Bulletin

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Project Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    Watson-Brown Foundation
  • 2021
    Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • 2021
    Texas History Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    Summerlee Foundation
  • 2020
    Special Interest Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    William G. Pomeroy Foundation
  • 2020
    Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • 2019
    Publication Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2019
    Historical Preservation Grant
    Role:
    Project Director
    Funding Source:
    Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.,
  • 2018
    Publication Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2017
    Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • 2017
    Publication Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2016
    Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2016
    Publication Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2016
    Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission
  • 2015
    Publication Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2015
    Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions Grant
    Role:
    Editor
    Funding Source:
    National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Documentary Editing
  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Southern Historical Association