Jeffrey H. Cohen

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BLP sourcesTemplate:Coi Jeffrey H. Cohen (born 1962) is an American anthropologist.

Education and early career

Cohen received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Bloomington. He went on to earn his PhD at Indiana under the supervision of Richard Wilk.

Cohen's work is centered ethnographically in Oaxaca. For his dissertation, he explored how an indigenous peasant community responded to globalization. Since that time much of his work has focused on migration, economic development and identity.

He received his doctorate in 1994 and is currently a professor at The Ohio State University in the department of anthropology and a member of steering committee for the Initiative in Population Research.


Since the late 1980s, Cohen has worked in Oaxaca's central valleys region, specifically in the community of Santa Ana del Valle. This research is documented in his book, Cooperation and Community, published in 1999 by the University of Texas Press.

In 2004 he published the Culture of Migration, also with the University of Texas Press. This book documents a long-term study of migration in 13 villages, all located in Oaxaca's central valleys. The book argues that a "culture of migration" defines movement and frames migration as one of the many strategic moves Oaxacans participate in to organize their lives. Cohen notes the importance of domestic migration, the rise of international and transnational movers and the role that remittances play in the lives of Oaxaquenos in their home communities.

He has also worked on Dominican migration to the United States where he was part of an interdisciplinary investigation of why Dominicans are traveling to Reading, Pennsylvania.[1] He conducts collaborative and comparative research with Ibrahim Sirkeci on Kurdish and Mexican immigration issues.

In 2007 he began an analysis of the impact of political and civil unrest in Oaxaca on migration patterns[2] and compared Oaxacan and Chiapaneco migration patterns. He also studies food and nutrition among immigrants and the role traditional foods, such as chapulines (grasshoppers) play for Oaxacans.[3]

He is co-editor of Migration Letters, an academic journal.[no citations needed here]



  1. Jensen, Leif; Cohen, Jeffrey H.; Toribio, Almeida Jacqueline; De Jong, Gordon F.; Rodríguez, Leila (December 2006). "Ethnic Identities, Language, and Economic Outcomes Among Dominicans in a New Destination" (in en). Social Science Quarterly 87 (s1): 1088–1099. Template:Citation error. ISSN 0038-4941. 
  2. Cohen, Jeffrey H. (2007). "The Role of Crises in Migration Outcomes: Rural Oaxacans and Politics in Oaxaca City, Mexico". Population Review 46 (2): 22–31. 
  3. Cohen, Jeffrey H.; Sáánchez, Nydia Delhi Mata; Montiel-Ishino, Francisco (February 2009). "Chapulines and Food Choices in Rural Oaxaca" (in en). Gastronomica 9 (1): 61–65. Template:Citation error. ISSN 1529-3262. 
  4. Reviews of Cooperation and Community: Economy and Society in Oaxaca:
  5. Schröder, Peter (2004). "Review of Economic Development: An Anthropological Approach". Anthropos 99 (1): 245–246. JSTOR 40466329. 
  6. Reviews of The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico:
  7. Reviews of Cultures of Migration:
  8. Schwartzkopf, Stacey A. (October 2017). "Review of Eating Soup without a Spoon" (in en). Ethnohistory 64 (4): 545–546. Template:Citation error. ISSN 0014-1801. 

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