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|Cathy J. Cohen, Ph.D.|
Deputy Provost for Graduate Education
David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science
University of Chicago
|Discipline: Political Science|
|Expertise: AIDSGender IssuesPolitics and Policymaking|
Race, Politics and Adolescent Health: Understanding the Health Attitudes and Behaviors of African American YouthAward Year: 2004Young African Americans face serious health risks and other vulnerabilities resulting from social disadvantage. The higher prevalence of HIV/AIDS, obesity, type 2 diabetes, homicide, and teen pregnancy in this population is well documented. Yet little is known about the attitudes of African American youth toward health, healthy living, and the health care system. Cathy J. Cohen, Ph.D. explores how these youth think about their health, their attitudes toward the health care establishment, their political views, and how those views and the influence of new cultural forms such as hip-hop music affect their decision-making processes in such areas as health, politics, and sexuality. Her project, Race, Politics, and Adolescent Health: Understanding the Health Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Youth, should produce new insights into behaviors often viewed by other segments of the American public and the news media as indulgent, deviant, and risky. The results of Dr. Cohen's research should help inform policymakers as they develop more targeted and effective public health interventions for this overlooked and understudied population.
Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mark Winton Green Professor of Political Science and the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1999). She is also co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU, 1997). Her work has been published in numerous journals and edited volumes including the American Political Science Review, GLQ, NOMOS and Social Text. Her general field of specialization is American politics, although her research interests include African American politics, social movements, power and resistance, and youth and politics.
Dr. Cohen is the recipient of numerous awards including an RWJ Scholar in Health Policy Research Fellowship and a major research grant from the Ford Foundation for her work on African American youth. She serves on a number of national advisory boards and is the co-editor of a book series at Oxford University Press entitled Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.
Cohen, C.J., Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Cohen, C.J., Black Sexuality, Indigenous Moral Panics and Respectability: from Bill Cosby to the 'Down-Low'.. In Moral Panics and Sexual Rights, ed. Herdt, G. New York: New York University Press, 2009.
Cohen, C.J., Hunter, M., Guerrero, M., Black Youth Sexuality: Established Paradigms and New Approaches. In Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices and Policies, eds. Barnes, S.L., Battle, J. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Cohen, C.J., Health Activism and the Black Church. In The Public Influences of African American Churches: Policy Studies, ed. Smith, R.D. Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
Selected Journal Articles:
Cohen, C.J., Celestine-Michener, J., Holmes, C., Merseth, J.L., Ralph, L. The Attitudes and Behavior of Young Black Americans: Research Summary. Black Youth Project, Feb 2007. http://www.blackyouthproject.com
Cohen, C., Bell, A., Ifatunji, M. Reclaiming Our Future: The State of AIDS among Black Youth in America, The Black AIDS Institute, 2005.