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Dr. Judah Cohen

Dr. Judah Cohen

Judah Cohen is an Associate Professor of Musicology, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor in the Study of Jewish Culture at the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University.

Trained as a musicologist and an anthropologist, he has explored many aspects of Jewish cultural history and its relationship to Jewish identity. He views Jewish cultural expression as dynamic and ever-changing, created and recreated over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers, and activists.

He has been recognized with the Greater Hudson Heritage Network 2011 Award for Excellence and Indiana University's Trustees Teaching Award.

Jewish Professional Studies

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA, Yale University

Research Interests

Popular culture
Jewish cultural expression
Music in Jewish life
Caribbean Jewish history
Musical theater


Aesthetics of Jewish Civilization


Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack, 2019

Sounding Jewish Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue, 2011

Through the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2004