Nancy L. Cohen is an award-winning author, historian, and leading national expert on gender and American politics. She is the author of four books, including Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America, on anti-feminism and political polarization; Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President, on the history of women and political representation in contemporary America; and The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1914, on social unrest and inequality in post-Civil War America.
Nancy’s reporting and political analysis has been published in a wide range of outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, and she has appeared as a guest on MSNBC and NPR. She speaks frequently at conferences, literary festivals, and universities across the nation. During the 2020 election season, she is an editor-at-large for Ms. Magazine.
Nancy consults on gender policy with governments, elected officials, and some of the nation’s leading progressive, feminist, environmental, and labor organizations. Previously she was a senior policy analyst at LAANE, where she helped lead a labor-environmental-community coalition that won a $500 million community benefits agreement for working-class communities of color in Los Angeles.
Nancy has held teaching and research positions at UCLA, Occidental College and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in history from Columbia University.
Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and their spoiled pandemic puppy.