EVANSTON, Ill. --- Deborah Cohen, professor of history in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, has been named the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Humanities.
Cohen’s research focuses on the history of modern Britain and Europe, and she has written award-winning books on the topic. Cohen is currently working on a book about families and social stigma, to be published by Viking Penguin. Cohen’s first book, “The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939,” earned the Social Science History Association’s Allan Sharlin Prize. Her second book, “Household Gods: The British and their Possessions,” won the American Historical Association’s Forkosch Prize for the best book on Britain after 1485. It also shared the North American Conference on British Studies’ Albion prize for the best book on Britain after 1800.Her work has earned fellowships from many organizations, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She sat on the selection committee of the National Humanities Center and the editorial board of the Journal of Modern History. She currently sits on the Council of the North American Conference on British Studies.