Jacob A. Cohen

Musicologist, Americanist, Professor


Jake Cohen is a musicologist specializing in American classical music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as American rock music from the 1960s–present. He earned his PhD in musicology from the Graduate Center, CUNY, in 2017 with a dissertation titled "Constructions of New England Identity and Place in American Music, 1885–1935." Jake has taught music history and music appreciation at the University of Washington, Baruch College, Lehman College, and Rutgers University-Newark. Explore the site to learn more about his work and career.

Areas of Study

My work is generally located at the intersection of place and music studies. Click on the subjects below to see different projects.

19th- and 20th-Century American Classical Music

Ives, Copland, Ruggles, Chadwick, MacDowell, Crawford Seeger

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Rock Music, 1960s–present

Grateful Dead, Phish, Talking Heads, jam bands, and other psychedelic rock bands from the 1960s-70s

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New England regional soundscapes and identity, the music of John Luther Adams, environmental activism

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