Steven F. Cohn

Photo of Professor Emeritus Steven F. CohnSteven F. Cohn, Professor Emeritus
5728 Fernald Hall, Room 205
Orono, ME 04469-5728
(207) 581-2393
Cohn CV

B.A. (1961) Dartmouth College (Mathematics & Psychology)
Ph.D. (1976) Columbia University
Retired 2014
Deceased 2019


Steve’s areas of interest in research and teaching are:
social inequality; political sociology; modern sociological theory; social movements; and survey design and analysis. Steve’s research projects include the adoption of innovations within organizations; participation and involvement in social movements; and the determinants of punitive attitudes.

Selected Publications:

  • “Ministerial Power and the Iron Law of Oligarchy: A Deviant Analysis.” Review of Religious Research 35 (1993):155-173.
  • “U.S. Aid and the Third World Women: The Impact of Peace Corps Programs” (with Robert Wood and Richard Hagg), Economic Development and Cultural Change 29 (July 1981):795-811.
  • “The Effects of Funding Changes Upon the Rate of Knowledge Growth in Algebraic and Differential Topology in the United States,” Social Studies of Science 16 (February 1986):23-59.
  • “Organizational Structure, Decision Making Procedures and the Adoption of Innovations” (with Romaine Turyn), IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, EM-31 (November 1984):154-161.
  • “Racial Prejudice and Support by Whites for Police Use of Force: A Research Note.” (with Steven Barkan), Justice Quarterly 15 (December 1998):743-753.