Dr. Judah Cohen


  • Aesthetics of Jewish Civilization


  • PhD, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • MA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT


Dr. Judah Cohen is the Judah M. Cohen is the Lou & Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Cultural Arts in the College and Professor of Musicology in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he also serves as Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Trained as a musicologist and an anthropologist, he has explored many aspects of Jewish cultural history and its relationship to Jewish identity. He views Jewish cultural expression as dynamic and ever-changing, created and recreated over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers, and activists.

He has been recognized with the Greater Hudson Heritage Network 2011 Award for Excellence and Indiana University’s Trustees Teaching Award.



  • Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue Soundtrack, 2019 (Indiana University Press)
  • Sounding Jewish Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue, 2011
  • Through the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2004 (Brandeis University Press)