AB, Princeton University, 1972. Master of Public Administration, Princeton University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1983.
Assistant and associate dean academic affairs College Public and Community Service, University Massachusetts, Boston, 1972—1975. Assistant professor history Stanford University, California, 1981—1986, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 1986—1992. Associate professor history and French studies New York University, New York City, since 1992.
Editor in chief French Politics, Culture & Society, New York City, since 1999.
Member of Society French History Studies, American History Association.
Married Lizabeth Ann Cohen, June 25, 1977. Children: Julia Cohen, Natalie Cohen.