Cathy Cohen’s general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.
She is the author of the book The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University Of Chicago Press, 1999), the co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (New York University Press, 1997) and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Cohen also is editor with Frederick Harris of Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.
She has served as the deputy provost for graduate education and is the former director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at UChicago.
She is principal investigator of two major projects: The Black Youth Project and the Mobilization, Change and Political and Civic Engagement Project.