Tom Cohen is an American media and cultural theorist, currently a professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He has published numerous important books on Alfred Hitchcock. Cohen has also written on other aspects of film studies, comparative literature, theory, cultural studies and on Paul de Man. Cohen has also published broadly on American authors and ideology, including Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner and pragmatism, as well as on Greek philosophy and continental philosophy.
He is the editor (with Claire Colebrook) of the Critical Climate Change Book Series at Open Humanities Press and has lectured and taught internationally, including in China and Fulbright sponsored work in Thailand. He has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Professorship by Shanghai Municipality in Shanghai.
Cohen's education consists of a M.A. from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Comparative Literature. Thus Cohen’s work began in literary theory and cultural politics but he has then explored as a philosopher areas of critical theory, cinema studies, digital media and climate change.
- Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change (Open Humanities Press, 2012) (editor)
- Theory and the Disappearing Future—on de Man, on Benjamin (Routledge, 2011), co-authored with Claire Colebrook and J. Hillis Miller
- Hitchcock's Cryptonymies 1: Secret Agents (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
- Hitchcock's Cryptonymies 2: War Machines (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
- Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: a Transdisciplinary Reader, Contributing Editor (Cambridge UP, 2002)
- Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory, Contributing Editor, with B. Cohen, J. H. Miller, and A. Warminski (University of Minnesota Press, 2000)
- Ideology and Inscription: "Cultural Studies" after Benjamin, de Man, and Bakhtin (Cambridge UP, 1998)
- Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock (Cambridge UP, 1994)
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-  Tom Cohen (2005) Hitchcock's Cryptonomies. Volume 1: Secret Agents; Volume II: War Machines. Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN 0-8166-4206-0 and 0-8166-4170-6.Hitchcock's 'Material Whirl' by Karyn Ball
-  on Tom Cohen: William Rothman, the author of Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, says that "It is safe to say that no one who reads this book will ever look at any Hitchcock film quite the same way again."
-  Material Events: Paul de Man and the Afterlife of Theory: a review by Akira Mizuta Lippit
-  Anti-Mimesis from Plato to Hitchcock by Michael Szalay
-  Open Humanities Press Book Series Critical Climate Change: Editors: Tom Cohen and Claire Colebrook