Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Jeffrey Cohen

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Professor of English and the director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. In July 2018 he becomes Dean of Humanities at Arizona State University.  

Cohen’s research examines strange and beautiful things that challenge the imagination, phenomena that seem alien and intimate at once. He is especially interested in what monsters, misfits, inhuman forces, objects and matter that won't stay put reveal about the cultures that dream, fear, and desire them. Cohen is widely published in the fields of medieval studies, monster theory, posthumanism and ecocriticism. His Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman received the 2017 René Wellek Prize for best book in comparative literature from the American Comparative Literature Association.

In collaboration with Lindy Elkins-Tanton he co-wrote the book Earth, a re-examination of the planet from the perspectives of a planetary scientist and a literary humanist. With Julian Yates he is co-writing Noah's Arkive: Towards an Ecology of Refuge. He currently serves, with Stacy Alaimo, as co-president of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the largest professional organization in the environmental humanities.

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