Cohen was born in New York and was raised there in an
extended Sephardic family. He is a graduate of Columbia
University's Graduate School of Journalism, and his new
history of the Sephardic Jews, Last Century of a Sephardic
Community: The Jews of Monastir, 1839-1943, is an
original history of a model Sephardic community. New York's
Forward newspaper called it "an important
addition to Sephardic studies."
has worked for newspapers and also as a public relations
professional for the computer industry. His by-lined stories
have appeared in the Contra Costa Times, Los Angeles
Times, Newsday and the Daily News.
has produced scholarly articles works - on the subjects
of literature and history - that have been published in
a variety of peer-reviewed academic publications. His
work on trends in Jewish-American fiction appeared in
Midstream magazine, and his historical work has been featured
in The Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, History
of Photography, and the Journal of Jewish Studies.
has delivered talks on Sephardic folklore, culture, and
history at Jewish community centers, synagogues, libraries,
and colleges across the country. He has been a featured
speaker at New York's Center for Jewish History, California
State University, Northridge, the Jewish community libraries
in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
interested in scheduling a talk by Mark Cohen for a synagogue,
JCC, or college can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cohen lives in California with his wife Danielle and their