Nancy L. Cohen is a best-selling author, historian, and leading national expert on women 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 political commentary has appeared in the Guardian, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, Playboy, and elsewhere. She has been a featured guest on NPR, MSNBC, and numerous other TV and radio broadcasts. She speaks frequently at conferences, literary festivals, and universities across the nation.

For more than a decade, Nancy held teaching and research positions in history and political science at UCLA, Binghamton University, California State University Long Beach, and other universities. 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 from Columbia University.

Currently Nancy serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and an elected executive board member of the Association of California Commissions for Women. She advises nonprofits and elected officials on gender policy.

Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She is a proud feminist but prefers dogs to cats. You can find her on twitter @nancylcohen and on FaceBook at

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