James Cohen

James Cohen

Professor Emeritus
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1975 Post-Doc Fellowship

1973 PhD

1964 AB
Albert Einstein College, Yeshiva University (Public Policy)

University of Chicago (Social Science)

Yale University (History)


Jim Cohen, Associate Professor of Public Management, received a AB from Yale University and PhD from the University of Chicago. He serves on the Boards of two City University Institutes--Transportation Systems and Urban Systems—and is Director of the Transportation Management Program at John Jay College. Professor Cohen’s research focuses on the financial history of transportation in the U.S. and France from the early 19th century to the present. His articles have been published in Enterprise and Society, Social Science HistoryUrban Affairs Quarterly. Additional articles have been translated into French and appear in Financer les Entreprises face aux Mutations Économiques du XX Siécle (Paris, CHEFF, 2009) and in Trames: Révue de l’Amenagement (1995).  Professor Cohen serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Technology. He is currently working on a comparative study of the financial aspects of nationalization of railways in the U.S. and France before World War II. 


“Capital market and state effects on transport development in the U.S. and France, 1840-1940,” Enterprise and Society (accepted for publication as of December, 2008).


“Financial intermediation and structural change: evidence from the history of transportation: (Baltimore, Md: Social Science History Association, 2003)


"Structural versus functional determinants of New York's fiscal policies towards metropolitan transportation, 1924-1985," Social Science History (15, 2: 177-198, Summer, 1991).


<spancourier new';"="">"Capital investment and the decline of mass transit in New York City, 1945-1981," Urban Affairs Quarterly, 23,3: 369-388, 1988).



financial history; transportation; budgeting; sociology of organizations; labor relations.


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