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Philip Cohen Ph.D.

Philip Cohen, Ph.D.


2112 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-7706


  1. 1999, Ph.d Sociology, University of Maryland
  2. 1995, MA Sociology, University of Massachusetts
  3. 1992, BA American Culture, University of Michigan (High Distinction)


Philip Cohen, Professor of Sociology, has a long-standing research interest in the area of Gender, Family, and Social Change. In particular, he has published extensively on the gender division of labor within families, and between men and women outside of families. In addition to the substantive aspects of this research, he has maintained a strong interest in measurement issues in the area of household and family structure, which has included participating in Counting Couples research conferences at NICHD and consulting with the U.S. Census Bureau on household measurement issues, as well as publishing in demography and sociology journals on these questions.

In the area of Health in Social Context, Cohen has recently done research on questions related to disability and family structure and relationships. This includes work published in Pediatrics on adopted children’s disability rates, and other research on the living arrangements of children with disabilities and their families.

Finally, most of Cohen’s research concerns questions of Social and Economic Inequality, directly or indirectly. Through many publications and a grant (now completed) from the National Science Foundation, he has studied gender, race/ethnic and social class patterns and disparities in U.S. labor markets. Most of this research has concerned spatial and demographic patterns in inequality (such as the effects of racial/ethnic composition of labor markets). Some of his research in this area has extended internationally, including studies of gender inequality in China and comparative work on gender inequality in housework cross nationally.