Joseph Nathan Cohen

Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College in the City University of New York

6530 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York, 11367 

About Me

Joseph Nathan Cohen, Sociology Professor at Queens College

My Job

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College in the City University of New YorkAs a public sector university professor, it is my job to develop innovative informational and educational products that advance the public interest.  I specialize in creating informational and educational materials related to applied quantitative analysis, media, marketing, organizational analysis, the sociology of culture, and the sociology of economic markets.  

The City University of New York (CUNY) is New York City’s public university system.  It is an intergovernmental agency operated by both the City and State of New York.  It is CUNY’s goal to deliver to New Yorkers the same kind of high-quality, low-cost university education that is available to working- and middle-class people in other highly-developed countries.  My college, Queens College, is the senior CUNY college that serves Queens and Nassau counties, a population of about 4.5 million people.


Prior to joining Queens College, I worked as a Lecturer in Marketing at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.  I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University, where I studied under Miguel Centeno (chair), Paul DiMaggio, Bruce Western, and Scott Lynch.  My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s of International Business at Carleton University (Canada), where I was part of that program’s inaugural cohort.  I also studied at the University of Buenos Aires’ Economics Faculty.  Before entering the academy, I served as an intern in the Leader’s Office of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada,  a researcher at an Ottawa-area marketing consultancy, an English teacher in Japan, a waiter in the Tea Room at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, and an evening radio announcer in Northern Ontario

I am originally from Canada.  I love history, statistics, baseball, movies, adventure and simulation games, and exploring cities on foot.  My favorite baseball teams are the Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets. My all-time favorite movie is 12 Monkeys.  My all-time favorite book is Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  My all-time favorite meal is a smoked meat sandwich, French fries, and a Diet Coke at Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal.  

Current Projects

Currently, I work on these projects:

Content Creation Entrepreneurship.  The Queens Podcast Lab is a research and teaching project that studies and operates podcasting and other digital content creation enterprises.  Its goals are to: (1) use students’ interest in social media as a vehicle for engaging them in topics like creative writing, media production, and business planning, (2) develop free, scholarly, and noncommercial educational and informational content into the public sphere, and (3) conduct research that advances our understanding of how technological advancements in mass communications are influencing our informational and cultural worlds.  

Data Analytics & Applied Social Research Program.  Since joining Queens College in 2007, I have served as faculty, Associate Director, and Director of Queens College’s Master’s Program in Data Analytics and Applied Social Research.  Our program gives regular New Yorkers the opportunity to receive affordable advanced training in data analysis and social science research methodology.  Our program has placed students in leading high tech, marketing, healthcare, and finance firms, as well as leading Ph.D. programs.  Our efforts put one of the economy’s most exciting job markets within reach of Queens and Nassau counties’ middle- and working-classes.

The Annex Sociology Podcast. The Annex Sociology Podcast is an academic sociology-focused podcast show that features discussions about research and disciplinary issues of interest to professional sociologists.   Since 2017, our show has featured well over 150 leading American, Canadian, and international sociologists. This podcast has ranked as a Top 20 Science Podcast in the United States, and it won the 2019 Public Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association Section on Computing, Information Technology, and Media Sociology.

Past Projects

Past work includes:

Household Finance.  Prior to my current project on media, my research mainly focused on household finance.  In 2017, I published Household Financial Crisis: The Basic Expenditures that Bankrupt the Middle Class (Praeger).  

Neoliberalism.  My earlier research focused on the character, history, and consequences of neoliberal policy reform.  In 2010, I co-published Global Capitalism: A Sociological Perspective (Polity).

Books authored by Joseph Nathan Cohen, Sociologist at Queens College in the City University of New York