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. All his work is generally concerned with 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.” This work examines how composers George Chadwick, Edward MacDowell, Charles Ives, and Carl Ruggles used myths and narratives of New England identity to reflect and articulate their sense of place. He also has presented papers and published essays on rock bands such as Talking Heads, the Grateful Dead, and Phish, as well as ecomusicological work on contemporary composer John Luther Adams.
Jake has taught music history and music appreciation at the University of Washington, Baruch College, Lehman College, and Rutgers University-Newark. He has presented papers at national meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and IASPM-Canada; at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference and the Ecomusicologies conference; and the biennial International Association for the Study of Popular Music conference.