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Jessica Cohen, PhD

Jessica Cohen, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Sociology
Office: 3600 Market Street, Room 723
jac595@drexel.edu
Phone: 215.895.0482
Fax: 215.571.4454

Education:

  • PhD, Sociology, Bowling Green State University
  • MA, Sociology, Bowling Green State University
  • BA, Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University

Bio:

Jessica Cohen, PhD, recently joined the ranks of Drexel University’s faculty in the fall of 2016. She was born and raised in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, but has spent the past five years serving as assistant professor of sociology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.  She is excited to have moved closer to home and looks forward to getting to know Philadelphia and the Drexel campus once more. Professor Cohen earned her PhD in sociology from Bowling Green State University, specializing in family demography, having served as a research fellow at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. She has published in the leading sociology and interdisciplinary journals including Population Research and Policy Review, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Science Research. Her research primarily uses quantitative secondary data analysis and the life course perspective to explore the contemporary courtship process, sexual debut, cohabitation, marriage and childbearing decisions of the Millennial generation. Cohen is passionate about teaching sociology and her catalogue of courses includes Introductory Statistics, Research Methods, Family Sociology and Introduction to Demography. She is inspired to promote academic excellence, professionalism and the utmost commitment to the ethical treatment of others.  In achieving this goal, she encourages her students to value the process of conducting empirical research and challenges them to exercise their sociological imaginations.

Selected Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Manning, Wendy D. and Jessica A. Cohen. Forthcoming. “Teenage Cohabitation, Marriage and Childbearing.” Population Research and Policy Review. DOI: 10.1007/s11113-014-9341-x
  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2015 “What is the Difference Between a Private Trouble and a Public Issue? Exploring the Sociology Imagination.” Class Activity adapted from 2010. Class Activity by D. S. Adams. “Technique 4: Sociological and Individualistic (or Non-sociological) Explanations for Human Behavior” published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2014 ““What is a Brony?” Challenging Modern Day Definitions of Masculinity in the Classroom.” Class Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. (http://trails.asanet.org)
  • Manning, Wendy D. and Jessica A. Cohen. 2012. “Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution: The Significance of Marriage Cohort.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74(1): 377-387. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00960.x
  • Manning, Wendy D., Jessica A. Cohen, and Pamela J. Smock. 2011. “The Role of Romantic Partners, Family and Peer Networks in Dating Couples’ Views about Cohabitation.” Journal of Adolescent Research 26(1):115-149. DOI:10.1177/0743558410376833
  • Cohen, Jessica A. and Wendy D. Manning. 2010. “The Relationship Context of Premarital Serial Cohabitation.” Social Science Research 39(5):766-776. DOI:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2010.04.011

Other Publications

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2013. “Childbearing after First Marriage Dissolution: Does Union Status Matter ?” Paper accepted into the 14th Annual Research Symposium and Creative Activities Exhibition at St. Mary’s University (in poster format), April, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2010. “Fertility Intentions Following Marital Dissolution.” Paper presented (in poster format) at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America, April, Dallas, Texas.
  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2009. “Cohabitation Following Marital Dissolution: Does Premarital Cohabitation Matter?” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America, April, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Cohen, Jessica A. and Wendy D. Manning. 2008. “Serial Cohabitation: The Long and Winding Road to Marriage.” Paper presented at the National Survey of Family Growth Conference, October, Hyattsville, Maryland.
  • Cohen, Jessica A. 2007. “Race/Ethnicity and Nativity Status: Marital Expectations among Cohabiting Men and Women.” Paper presented at the annual meetings of the Population Association of America, April, New York, New York.

National Service

  • Committee member, The American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Family section, Graduate Student Paper Award Selection Committee, 2013-2014
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Marriage and Family, 2011-present
  • Graduate Student Representative for the American Sociological Association’s council of the Section on the Sociology of Population, 2011-2013
  • Session Presider, New Demographic Data and Research Approaches to Studying Families, American Sociological Association annual meeting August 2012, Denver, CO
  • Session co-organizer of the Sociology of Population Roundtable Session, American Sociological Association annual meeting August 2012, Denver, CO