Bernard Cohen

bcohenProfessor of Sociology


Dr. Bernard Cohen is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and is on staff at C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center’s Ph.D. program in Criminal Justice. Dr. Cohen was Director of Police Personnel Research at the Rand Corporation and served as an expert witness on litigation involving police misconduct, discipline and litigation. He has also served as an expert witness to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission on litigation involving police personnel matters. Currently, Dr. Cohen is conducting a research project on how the police manage street deviance in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Cohen was the criminology book review editor for the Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology and Police Science

Dr. Cohen’s major research interests include: police selection, performance, and evaluation; field studies of police and quality of life offenses; criminological theory; political criminology; and gang violence.


Political Deaths and Homicide in El Salvador.” International Faces of Victimology. Sarah Ben-David and Gerd Ferdinand Kirchoff (editors), Monchengladbach: World Society of Victimology, 1992, pp. 105-121.

Deviant Street Networks: Prostitution in New York City. Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, D.C. Heath & Company, November, 1980. (co-authored with Jan Chaiken) Washington, D.C., The National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, September, 1987.

Police Background Characteristics and Performance. (co- authored with Jan Chaiken) Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, D.C. Heath & Company, May, 1973.

Crime and Race. (co-authored with Marvin E. Wolfgang) N.Y.: Institute of Human Relations Press, 1970.


Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1968)


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