J.N.Cohen - Class HeadshotJoseph Nathan Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York, Queens College.  His areas of expertise include household finance, economic policy, and quantitative comparative-historical political economy.  He is the author of Financial Crisis in American Households (2017, Praeger) and co-authored Global Capitalism (2010, Polity).

His analyses have been featured in several media outlets, including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associate Press’Bloomberg, National Public Radio, and the Providence Journal.

He earned his doctorate at Princeton University, studying under Miguel Centeno, Paul DiMaggio, Bruce Western, and Scott Lynch.  He earned his Bachelor’s in International Business from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

His personal interests include baseball, investment finance, computing, travel, cooking, and comedy.

Professor Cohen lives in New Jersey, and is originally from Northern Ontario, Canada.


  • present2007

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    City University of New York, Queens College in New York, New York

  • 20122010

    Director of Master's Program in Applied Social Research

    City University of New York, Queens College

  • 20072005

    Lecturer of Marketing

    Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • 20052001

    Research Assistant

    Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey

  • 20002000

    English as a Foreign Language Teacher

    Nova School in Nagoya, Japan

  • 19991999


    Progressive Conservative Party of Canada National Leader's Office in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 19991999


    McMillan and Associates in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 19981998


    Junior Achievement Argentina in Buenos Aires, Argentina


  • Ph.D. 2007


    Princeton University

  • M.A. 2005


    Princeton University

  • B.I.B. 1999

    International Business

    Carleton University

Substantive Specialties

  • Household Finances
  • Policy Analysis
  • Economic Development
  • States & Governance
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Marketing & Consumption
  • Organizations & Institutions

Methodological Specialties

  • Research Methodology
  • Survey Research
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Regression Analysis
  • Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Data Visualization