Benjamin J. Cohen is Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been a member of the Political Science Department since 1991.
He was educated at Columbia University, earning a Ph.D. in economics in 1963. He has worked as a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1962–1964) and previously taught at Princeton University (1964–1971) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1971–1991).
A specialist in the political economy of international money and finance, he serves on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals and is the author of 13 books, including, most recently, The Future of Global Currency: The Euro versus the Dollar, published in 2011. He has won numerous awards and in 2000 was named distinguished scholar of the year by the International Political Economy Section of the International Studies Association.