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Paula Marantz Cohen, Dean, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University

Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD

Dean of the Pennoni Honors College
Distinguished Professor of English
Co-Editor of the Journal of Modern Literature
Host of The Civil Discourse
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.1266

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  • BA, English and French, Yale University, 1975
  • PhD, English Literature, Columbia University, 1981

Research Interests:

  • Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century English and American Literature
  • Film Studies



Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English and Dean of the Pennoni Honors College, received her BA in English and French from Yale University and her PhD in English from Columbia University. She is the author of five non-fiction books on literature, film, art, and culture and five novels, including the bestselling Jane Austen in Boca, and the Young Adult novel, Beatrice Bunson’s Guide to Romeo and Juliet. She is the host of The Civil Discourse, an interview series on controversial topics appearing online and on PBS television affiliates. She directed the documentary film, Two Universities and the Future of China, and is co-editor of jml: Journal of Modern Literature. Her essays and op-eds have appeared frequently in the Wall Street Journal, the Times Literary Supplement, the Yale Review, The American Scholar, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her latest book, Of Human Kindness: What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Empathy, is forthcoming from Yale UP.