Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Professor of English, Director of Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (GW MEMSI)
Areas of Expertise
Medieval studies, Ecotheory, Posthumanism, History of monsters
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen's research examines phenomena that are paradoxically alien and intimate. His publications examine multilingual literatures of the British archipelago and how they contest an easy narrative of the triumph of English; how queer theory, critical race studies and posthumanism might help us to better understand the texts and cultures of the Middle Ages, and how our contemporary moment might be transformed by that encounter; the complexities of time and history when thought outside of easy progress narratives; and the complicated liveliness of what is supposed to be inanimate. Much of his current work brings to fruition a longtime engagement with the environmental humanities and ecological theory. He is a founding member of the MLA Forum on Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities and an active member of ASLE. His research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Guggenheim Foundation. He blogs at In the Middle.
Ph.D., English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University, 1992.
Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Water and Fire. University of Minnesota Press, 2015. Editor, with Lowell Duckert.
Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green. University of Minnesota Press, 2013. Editor.
Special issue of postmedieval on Ecomaterialism. 2013. Editor, with Lowell Duckert.
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable: Ethics and Objects. Oliphaunt / punctum press, 2012. Editor.
Cultural Diversity in the British Middle Ages: Archipelago, Island, England. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Editor.
Hybridity, Identity and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: Of Difficult Middles. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Medieval Identity Machines. University of Minnesota Press, 2003.
Thinking the Limits of the Body. State University of New York Press, 2002. Editor, with Gail Weiss.
The Postcolonial Middle Ages. Palgrave, 2000. Editor.
Of Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages. University of Minnesota Press, 1999.
Becoming Male in the Middle Ages. Garland Publishing, 1997. Editor, with Bonnie Wheeler.
Monster Theory: Reading Culture. University of Minnesota Press, 1996. Editor.
Personal website: www.jeffreyjeromecohen.net