Paula Marantz Cohen

Paula Marantz Cohen  is dean of the Pennoni Honors College and distinguished professor of English at Drexel University. She is the author of the novel Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death and the SATs. Her latest novel, Beatrice Bunson’s Guide to Romeo & Juliet, will be published in March.

This Side of Paradise 

Aging has its rewards until it doesn’t. I am ready to contemplate the end but not, yet, to give in to it

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Monday, December 03, 2018

On Hospitality

Perspectives on borders and border-crossing

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Don’t Race Through a Great Book

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Monday, December 26, 2016

Shylock, My Students, and Me

What I’ve learned from 30 years of teaching The Merchant of Venice

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Don’t Race Through a Great Book

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Monday, April 11, 2016

The Trouble at Yale

Why an intellectual space requires a safe space

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Learning and its Limits

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Crash-Course America

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tri-teaching

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What Makes a Good Enough Education?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Changing Places

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Critical But Kind

The importance of civility in reviewing

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Writing Addiction

The therapy of putting pen to paper

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Christie and Obama’s Romantic Plot

The appeal of enemies who become friends

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vocational Crisis

Slow down and take time to discover your life’s work

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Teaching and Suspense

What do potboilers and classrooms have in common?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mother-in-Law Studies

In which she finds fault and expects dinner

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Going Non-Native

How reading flawed English can make us better writers

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teachers of the World, Unite!

How Marx and Engels can bring a class to life

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Teaching Cure

What teachers can learn from therapists

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It’s Academic

Colleges need to rethink their priorities

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Keeping Score

How test prep widens the achievement gap

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Too Much Information

The pleasure of figuring things out for yourself

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Counterculture Culture

Why the humanities matter

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Germ Theory

Finding yourself in literature

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Of Love and Learning Online

What would Jane Austen say?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

The decline of the humanities is a consequence of their success

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

In Defense of “Like”

The word is, like, not as pointless as you think

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Playing for Keeps

Being a kid isn’t what it used to be

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 03, 2013

“Greater Than Our Brother Is Our Chastity”

Sometimes choices aren’t so obvious

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An Exemplary Academic Life

You don’t have to rely on institutions to lead one

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In Pursuit of the Headless Horseman

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Habit

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Teaching with Peter

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Small Orchestra Class

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Tidal Wave of the New

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Older Students

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Food and Learning

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Learning from My Mother

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Teach for America

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Writer’s Block

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 15, 2011

As You Like It

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Vocation of Teaching and the Penn State Scandal

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chinese Starter Course

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Globalized Recipe for Education

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Some Thoughts on the Marriage Plot

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Orson Welles on Reading Shakespeare Aloud

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teaching the Domestic Novel

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Esthetics of Teaching

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Life Coaches

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dr. Johnson’s Profession

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 28, 2012

John Dewey

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nature, Nurture, Fortune, Will

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Social vs. Private Good in Education

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Tracking

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Monday, February 20, 2012

Teaching Creative Writing

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Giving Diversity Its Due

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Education and Brainwashing

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaching and Mental Illness

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Against Educational Reform

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Tune Out, Turn Off

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Montaigne on Education

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Lessons from The History Boys

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Byte-sized Life

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Seven Ages of Teaching

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The New Curated Self

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stand-Up 101

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Ladder of Craft

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Death of a Salesman—Seen vs. Imagined

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Teaching The Wire

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Devil’s Bargain

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Nostalgia of the College Student

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teaching vs. Mentoring

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Parent-Teacher

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finally Teaching King Lear

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Chumps at Oxford

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why I Hate the College Application Essay

Should bragging be a prerequisite for college?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hate Email

Writers today must have a thick skin

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reading Caliban

Why can’t scholars write more clearly?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Not Einstein

Teaching science to the rest of us

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

All Doctors Should Teach

A guest columnist’s prescription for MDs

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Hobart Shakespeareans

A movie that reminds us how much a great teacher can do

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Yiddishisms

Words from the old country enrich the language of the new

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Money, Leisure, Death

What college students should be learning about

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Agelessness in Academia

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Master of the Examined Life

Teaching what colleges don’t

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Working Lunch

Three veteran teachers find new lessons about our life’s work

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Inside the NFL

The art of informed conversation

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On the Road

The intimacy of reading aloud

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Confucianism in China Today

An ancient philosophy makes a comeback

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The University as Welfare State

Why you should want kooks teaching your kids

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Search for Wonder

A lasting lesson on how to view the world

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Major Decisions

It’s time to reimagine how undergraduates study education

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Returning to Matthew Arnold

Sometimes appreciation of a book depends on when you read it

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Based on a True Story

How historical fiction alters our perception of the past

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Beyond Words

Our struggle to understand what cannot be understood

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Lopsided Bias of Unconditional Belief

Why to look beyond initial impressions

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Giving Away the Store

How will online learning affect brick and mortar universities?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

A Workout for the Mind

The gym isn’t just for sweating anymore

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tastemakers

We like what we like until someone changes our minds

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to Do What You Do?

The life of a professor isn’t what it used to be

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Urban Encounters

On the art of talking to strangers

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Hidden Meanings

Who we are colors how we understand language

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Love the One You’re With

Sometimes we must settle for approximations

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Existential Teaching

Exploring “big questions” in the classroom

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mission Impossible?

Why groupthink won’t save the humanities

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Love Thy Students

Teaching as an emotional experience

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 16, 2013

They All Want Mr. (Ms.) Darcy

Life lessons from Jane Austen

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On Being Awesome

Sometimes we encounter the quality in curious places

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Magic Pills

The story of the making of a miracle drug

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Making Excuses

We love to complain, but is that all we’re doing?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Evil, Evil Everywhere

And how it might be affecting our culture

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Academic Tumbleweeds

Why eccentricity thrives on campus

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Talking Television

Our favorite shows keep getting better

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Titles

What’s in a form of address?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Bring on the Masseuse!

The aches and pains of our Internet age

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Talking in Class

Sometimes being articulate isn’t enough

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Learning to Lose

We need to stop treating education like a sport

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Dickens Down the Years

A novel’s continued immediacy

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Study Abroad

What foreign countries can teach us about education

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Art of Obsession

Some of us are compulsive in our creativity

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Question of Worth

Helping students see beyond the classroom

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Godless Art

In the absence of religion, is morality enough?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Self-Justification

Teachers and universities should focus on their students, not on themselves

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Painful Separation

When students outgrow their mentors

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Brilliant

Could we please just tone it down?

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Just Ask

Why my father knows so much

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Rich Are Not Different

Even if they think they are

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Family Ties

Our fluid support systems

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Men in Tights

Shakespeare and the power of disguise

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In Memory of a Great Teacher

Glenn Hobson, 1955-2014

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Escaping America

It’s harder than you might think

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ugly No More

The American charm offensive

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Home Schooling

A book that teaches families how to succeed

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Milk of Human (Un)kindness

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Staying Up to Speed

An experienced professor is humbled by his colleague’s knowledge and caring

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Still Lives

The enduring influence of da Vinci’s anatomical drawings

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Winning Isn’t Everything

How the self-esteem movement has failed our kids

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Class Therapy

How the Loman family helped my students understand their own

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You’re in Denial

And so is everyone else

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Telling Stories about Teaching

The Last Column

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Academics Anonymous

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The Seduction

After years of favoring the endurance-test approach to teaching literature, a professor focuses on how to make books spark to life for her students

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Potency of Breathless

At 50, Godard’s film still asks how something this bad can be so good

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Sunday, March 01, 2009

Why Read George Eliot?

Her novels are just modern enough—and just old-fashioned enough, too

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Habit

by Paula Marantz Cohen | Friday, June 03, 2011