Scholar of the Week
Michael Cohen, research assistant professor of history, is the assistant editor of the Correspondence of James K. Polk Project, which recently published its twelfth volume of the eleventh president’s letters. Cohen’s current research centers on the history of politics and of education in the nineteenth-century United States. His book, Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War, (University of Virginia Press, 2012) shows how the Civil War and Reconstruction helped to shape America’s modern colleges and universities and the federal government’s education policy. Cohen’s work has appeared in New England Quarterly and Perspectives on the History of Higher Education; he has contributed articles to Disunion, the New York Times’ blog on the Civil War, and recently appeared in a radio documentary about Sarah Childress Polk, the president’s wife, on Voice of America’s Korean broadcast. Before coming to UT, Cohen worked at the Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony at Rutgers University.