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Patricia Cohen

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18th and 19th Century U.S. History, U.S. Women

Research Professor
Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 1977

Office: HSSB 4237
Phone: (805) 893-2806   Fax: (805) 893-7671

American/U.S. history from 1750 to 1860 is my general competency. I offer specialized courses in 19th-c. U.S. women's history and the American Revolution. My current research concerns 19th-century health and sex reformers, along with pioneering news weeklies of the urban underworld.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • U.S. women's history
  • The American Revolution

Current Projects

  • Mary Gove Nichols and Thomas L. Nichols
    19th-century sex and marriage reformers
  • Marie Louise Shew and Edgar Allan Poe

Selected Publications

  • The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York
    May 2008, University of Chicago Press. Coauthored with Helen Horowitz and Timothy J. Gilfoyle
  • The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in Nineteenth-Century New York
    Knopf, 1998; Vintage, 1999.
  • A Calculating People: The Spread of Numeracy in Early America
    University of Chicago Press, 1983; Routledge, 1999.
  • The American Promise
    A coauthored U.S. survey textbook; Bedford Books, 5th edition, 2012.
  • “Marie Louise Shew and Mrs. Maria Poe Clemm: A Photograph”
    Poe Studies, vol. 42 (2009).
  • "Ministerial Misdeeds: The Onderdonk Trial and Sexual Harassment in the 1840s"
    Journal of Women's History, Fall 1995

Honors and Professional Activities

  • President, Society for Historians of the Early American Republic
  • Graduate Mentor Award, UCSB
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Gilder-Lehrman Fellowship
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSB
  • Elected Member, Society of American Historians
  • President, Western Association of Women Historians
  • Andrew Mellon Distinguished Senior Scholar in Residence
    American Antiquarian Society, 2001-2002
  • UC President's Humanities Fellowship
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center
    North Carolina, 1994-95