Nancy L. Cohen is an award-winning author, historian, public speaker, and leading national expert on gender and American politics. She is the author of four books, including Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President (2016) and Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America (2012).

Nancy’s articles and political commentary have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Ms. Magazine, among others, and she has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and many other broadcasts. She speaks frequently at conferences, literary festivals, and universities across the nation.

Currently Dr. Cohen serves as Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and the Southern California Representative on the Association of California Commissions for Women. Previously she worked as a senior policy analyst at LAANE, a nonprofit dedicated to ending income inequality. A historian, Cohen spent more than 10 years in teaching and research positions at UCLA, Occidental College and elsewhere. Her scholarly publications include The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914  (2002) and articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Southern History, and elsewhere. She received a bachelor of arts from Brown University and her PhD with distinction in History from Columbia University.

Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. You can find her on twitter @nancylcohen and on FaceBook at

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