In today’s politically charged environment, anti-immigration sentiment has become a key social issue consistently featured in the 24/7 news cycle. With that comes a need for context. James Cohen, associate professor of ESL and bilingual education at NIU, relies on research and facts to provide clarity on topics such as the current treatment of undocumented immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, the use of misinformation for political gain and the benefits of bilingualism in an increasingly diverse society.
Cohen’s insights also focus on how racism and politics have become focal points for the current dialogue on social justice. He has been recognized for his contributions to the university’s conversation on diversity and social justice, as well as his outreach to the Latino community.
Cohen earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has a master’s in teaching English to speakers of other languages and obtained his doctorate from Arizona State University.