Jacob Cohen has taught at Brandeis University since 1961, and before that, at Yale University.
From 1964 to 1968, he worked in the civil rights movement as a writer and editor with the Congress of Racial Equality. His book "Freedom When?" co-written with James Farmer, chronicled that period of his life.
Cohen is a former editor of Midstream, the Zionist quarterly published by the Theodore Herzl Foundation, and has contributed articles of Jewish interest to Commentary and Jewish Frontier.
Cohen's scholarly and teaching interests are wide-ranging. He has published articles on such topics as the Kennedy assassination, violence in American history, civil rights and anti-Semitism and sport in American culture.