Charles L. Cohen
E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions
Office: 4115 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4025 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Mondays 10:50-11:50, Wednesdays 12:00-1:00
Trained as an historian of Anglo-America, I have become increasingly interested in American religious history and, as both former director of the UW-Madison Religious Studies Program and current director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, comparative religion. At this point my projects are eclectic: at the moment, they include editing an English text of the Qur’an.
My research interests include American Religious History, Colonial America, Native Peoples of the Eastern Woodlands, 1500-1800.
Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley
Charles L. Cohen (Co-editor) , Paul F. Knitter (Co-editor) , Ulrich Rosenhagen (Co-editor) . The Future of Interreligious Dialogue: A Multireligious Conversation on Nostra Aetate. Orbis Books, 2017.
Charles L. Cohen (Co-editor) , Ronald L. Numbers (Co-editor) . Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Charles L. Cohen, Leonard V. Kaplan. Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State. Lexington Books, 2010.
Charles L. Cohen, Paul S. Boyer. Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America. University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.
- “The Construction of the Mormon People,” Journal of Mormon History 32 (2006): 25-64
- “Religion,” in James Ciment, ed., Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, 5 vols. (Armonk, NY, 2006), 1.58-69.
- “No Man Knows My Psychology: Fawn Brodie, Joseph Smith, and Psychoanalysis,” BYU Studies, 44, 1 (2005), 55-78.
- “Max Weber in New England,” in David Libby and Paul Spickard, eds., Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion in Appreciation of Winthrop D. Jordan, (n.p., 2005), 170-82.
- “The Colonization of North America as an Episode in the History of Christianity,” Church History, 72 (September, 2003), 553-68.
- “A Middle Way for Religious Studies,” Bulletin of the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion, 32, 1 (February, 2003), 11-13.
- “Was the Great Awakening a factor leading to the American Revolution? – No,” in Keith Krawczynski, ed., History in Dispute, vol. 12: The American Revolution (Columbia, S.C., 2003), 149-53.
- Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2008-2014
- co-recipient, Metanexus Global Societies Initiative Grant, 2008-13
- co-recipient, Metanexus Local Societies Initiative Grant, 2005-08
- Joseph Fielding Smith Institute Research Fellowship, 2004
- Asia-Pacific Study Fund Short-Term Research Fellowship, Japan, 2004
- Osaka University of Foreign Studies International Academic Exchange Fellowship, 2004
- Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Teaching Award, 2002
- Anonymous Fund, UW-Madison, 2002, 2006
- Emil H. Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award, 1997
- F.F. Johnson Teaching Award, History Department, 1995, 1996
- Elected UW-Madison Teaching Academy, 1996
- Karen F. F. Johnson Award (UW History Dept.), 1995, 1996
- N.E.H. Younger Scholars Award (faculty co-recipient), 1995
- UW Faculty/Student Hilldale Research Award, 1992, 1995
- Romnes Fellowship, UW-Madison, 1990-95
- Vilas Associateship, 1991-93
- Institute for Research in the Humanities, Visiting Fellow, 1986
- Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians.
- History 101 – American History to Civil War Era – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History & Religious Studies 230/Jewish Studies 231, “Braided Histories: Judaism, Christianity, Islam” – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 343 – Colonial British North America – Syllabus 2009 (pdf)
- History 451 – American Religious History to the Mid-Nineteenth Century – Syllabus 2007 (pdf)
- History 500 – Reading Seminar in History
- History 600 – The American Revolutionary Settlement of Religion – Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
- History 910 – Colonial North America – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
- History 963 – American Religious History to 1860 – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
- Curriculum and Instruction 675 – The History of Mass Communication in America – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)