Dustin Cohan

TA: History 160 with Professor Cheng


Advisors: Susan L. Johnson and Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Office: 4260 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5099 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3308
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-1:00 (in University Club room 324)

Dustin Cohan


I completed my bachelor’s degrees at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and Chicago, majoring in Finance and History, respectively. Prior to attending graduate school, I worked as a business development and pricing analyst for a global freight forwarding and logistics firm called AIT Worldwide.

My research focuses on the complex ways that race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, and nation shape U.S. society and structure social, political, and economic hierarchies. Currently, I am developing a dissertation project that investigates the U.S. dairy industry. Specifically, the late-twentieth century transition from family-based dairy farms to large-corporate dairies that employed predominantly undocumented Mexican and Latin American workers.


M.A., in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Finance, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
B.A., History, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • “Deconstructing Migration: Chicanx Advocacy, Racial Marking, and Liberation in Wisconsin, 1968-1977”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Remaking Dairyland: Mexican Workers, American Farmers, and the Bargain of Modern Dairy, 1970-2016”

Selected Awards

  • Winner of the 2015 John Lee Goodman Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Affiliations

  • Western History Association
  • Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • Midwestern History Association

Courses Taught (as TA)

  • History 219 – The American Jewish Experience. (Professor Tony Michels)
  • History 393 – Civil War, Slavery, and Reconstruction, 1848-1877. (Professor Stephen Kantrowitz)