Paul Cohen (historian)
Paul A. Cohen (Chinese name: Chinese: 柯文; pinyin: Kē Wén, born 1934) is Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies and History Emeritus at Wellesley College and Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. His research interests include 19th-20th century China; historical thought; American historiography on China.
Paul A. Cohen received his BA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate degree from Harvard University, where he was a student of John King Fairbank and Benjamin I. Schwartz. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the University of Michigan from 1962 to 1965. Thereafter, he taught at Wellesley College till his retirement. He is currently an Associate of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.
Cohen is the author of many influential books on modern Chinese history, as well as historiography, such as Discovering History in China (1984; 2010). His works have been translated into several languages including Chinese and Japanese.
- Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
- China Unbound: Evolving Perspectives on the Chinese Past. London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
- History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience, and Myth. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.
- Winner of the 1997 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History and the 1997 New England Historical Book Award.
- Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984.
- Between Tradition and Modernity: Wang T’ao and Reform in Late Ch’ing China. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1974.
- China and Christianity: The Missionary Movement and the Growth of Chinese Antiforeignism, 1860-1870. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1963.