Dr. Ellen G. Cohn is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s Studies Center. Dr. Cohn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1984, earning B.A. degrees in both psychology and law enforcement, and earned her M.A. degree in criminal justice from the same university in 1986. She earned both an M.Phil. (1988) and a Ph.D. (1992) in criminology from the University of Cambridge in England.
Dr. Cohn’s research interests fall primarily into two areas: the effect of weather and temporal variables on criminal behavior, and the use of citation analysis in criminology and criminal justice. She is considered to be one of the leading experts in the world in both of these areas. More recenly, Dr. Cohn has begun to work with collaborators at FIU and in Italy on a series of studies examining the cross-national relationship between immigration and crime.
Dr. Cohn is the author and co-author of over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in edited books, as well as numerous reports, manuals, and monographs. Her first book on citation analysis, Evaluating Criminology and Criminal Justice, is considered the leading work on the subject. She has since published three additional books in this area.
Dr. Cohn is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers and the faculty adviser for Sigma Phi Alpha, FIU's chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She also developed and operates FIU's criminal justice study abroad program. Dr. Cohn is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor given in recognition of sustained volunte'er service, and has received Florida International University’s “Excellence in Service” award for her efforts.
Weather/Temporal/Spatial Factors and Crime | Citation Analysis | Intimate Partner Violence | Immigration and Crime