Alexander Cohen

Associate Professor of Political Science
Alexander  Cohen Headshot


Cohen came to Clarkson in 2019. He previously served as an assistant professor, program chair, and associate dean at Ashford University. At Augustana College, he served as visiting assistant professor and manager of the Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainability. He also co-founded and acted as a founding director for the nonprofit Live Lead Free Quad Cities, an organization dedicated to eliminating lead poisoning in the Quad Cities region of Illinois.

He received his Ph.D. and master of arts degrees in political science from the University of Iowa and his bachelor of arts in history and politics from New York University.

Education Background

History and Politics BA - New York University
Political Science MA - University of Iowa

Research Interests

Cohen's research interests include the role of gender in the profession, the effect of weather patterns on public opinion, and the pedagogy of active learning and teaching through gaming. He teaches about political science and conspiracy.


He is the co-author of two books: Gaming the System: Nine Games to Teach American Government through Active Learning and Living with Zombies: Society in Apocalypse in Film, Literature, and Other Media, which explores the impact of zombies on popular culture and what this means during the Anthropocene

He has also published in PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, The Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, Midwest Quarterly, Field Methods, Modern Language Studies, and The Social Science Journal, among other publications, academic presentations and invited talks. His contributions to the online scholarly forum have been read by almost a million users and has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times and TIME Magazine.



Office Phone Number: 315/268-3988

Office Location: 270 Bertrand H. Snell Hall

Clarkson Box Number: CU Box 5750