Miriam Cohen

1. — I met Harry at Vassar College some years ago, but I cannot remember when. I consider that my friendship with Harry began only a few years ago. Somewhere, outside of the campus, perhaps at Adam’s Fairacre Farms, he struck up a conversation, and we then began to have many more, at lunch on campus, then at homes of mutual friends.

2. —Miriam Cohen, Evalyn Clark Professor of History, has been at Vassar since 1977. She received her B.A. at the University of Rochester in 1971 and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1978. Her specialties include the history of American women and the history of twentieth-century social reform. Her book, Workshop to Office: Two Generations of Italian Women in New York City (1993) was a finalist for the Thomas Znaniecki Prize of the American Sociological Association. She is completing a manuscript with European historian Michael Hanagan on the comparative history of the welfare state in England, France and the United States, 1870-1950, with special attention to particular cities in the three countries. The United States component features New York City and Pittsburgh. They have published numerous articles dealing with various aspects of this work. Her most recent articles include, “The Politics of Gender and Schooling in the Early Welfare State,” in Exploring Women’s Studies: Looking Forward, Looking Back, Carol Berkin, Judith L. Pinch, Carole Appel, eds. introduction by Anne Firor Scott and “Reevaluating Schooling and the American Welfare State,” History of Education Quarterly 45:4 (Winter, 2005). Professor Cohen’s recent professional activities include membership on the Advisory Board of the Greenwich Village Society for History Preservation, the Joan Kelly Memorial Book Prize committee of the American Historical Association and the Final Selection Committee for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowships in Women’s Studies, 2005. She was also a senior advisory editor of Encyclopedia of Women in American History (M.E. Sharpe, 2002).

— June 2007

Reconsidering schools and the American Welfare State Published in the: History of Education Quarterly, Volume 45 (December, 2005), pages 511-37