Noah Cohan, University College Coordinator, American Culture Studies M.A. Program

posted by Iver Bernstein


on April 20th, 2018

Noah Cohan is a Lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD in English and American Literature in 2015. His research is focused on the cultures of American sports: their impact on athletes, fans, and non-consumers, especially with regard to matters of race and gender. He teaches the American Culture Studies junior-level methods seminar (375A) and leads the workshop for seniors working on independent “Capstone” research projects. A part of the AMCS community since 2008, Cohan has had the privilege of mentoring numerous undergraduates as they completed their Capstone projects, and considers the program’s annual research colloquium one of the most invigorating social and intellectual events on campus.

With WUSTL Anthropology faculty Dr. Peter Benson, Cohan is the co-founder of “Sports and Society: Culture, Power, and Identity,” an AMCS Program Initiative focused on the intersections of athletics, identity, and social power, and featuring conversations between faculty and students from WUSTL and other regional institutions, as well as interested community members. He previously organized "Jason Collins in the American Sportscape: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Sexuality,” a 2014 symposium devoted to considering the significance of Collins, America’s first openly-gay male professional athlete in one of the four major sports. Cohan is co-editor of Sport in the University, a special issue of the journal American Studies (Fall 2016), and the founding coordinator of the Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association. His book, “We Average Unbeautiful Watchers”: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.

We are excited to build on the important work of M.A. Program development of outgoing University College Coordinator Michael R. Allen, whose many accomplishments we look forward to recognizing at the end-of-year AMCS Barbeque on Tuesday, May 1, 4:00 p.m., McMillan Courtyard.

We welcome Noah Cohan to the University College Coordinator/M.A. Program role!

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Contact the AMCS office for more information: amcs@wustl.edu