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Cohen elected to American Academy for Jewish Research

Mark Cohen , professor of Near Eastern studies , has been elected to the American Academy for Jewish Research, the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America.

Members are nominated and elected by their peers and therefore constitute the most distinguished scholars teaching Judaic studies at American universities. He joins Princeton colleagues Abraham Udovitch and Bernard Lewis as members of the organization.

Cohen, who is in his 30th year of teaching at Princeton, studies the history of Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages. He directs the Princeton Geniza Project, which was established in the mid-1980s to create an online, searchable database of documents that deal with the daily life of the Jewish community in Cairo and other places in the Mediterranean from the 11th to 13th centuries.

Cohen is a member of the executive committee of Princeton's Program in Judaic Studies, a group he led for 13 years and which currently is directed by Professor Froma Zeitlin. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also earned his Ph.D. He has won two National Jewish Book Awards, the most recent honor for "Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages," (Princeton University Press, 1994), which has been translated into Hebrew and Turkish.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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