Danny M. Cohen, Ph. D. is a learning scientist, professor, writer, and musician.
An author of human rights fiction, Danny's works include the choose-your-own-pathway mystery The 19th Window , the short story Dead Ends, and the historical novel Train, a Teacher Fellows selected text of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
A Charles Deering McCormick Distinguished Professor of Instruction at Northwestern University’s School of Education & Social Policy and The Crown Family Center for Jewish & Israel Studies, Danny teaches about about the design of community programs for social change, collective memory, Holocaust film and fiction, education design, and marginalized narratives of human rights.
Danny is the Founder and Interim Executive Director of Unsilence, a national nonprofit that designs and delivers highly-interactive learning experiences that support young people and communities to have tough conversations about social injustice in the past and present.
Danny was an inaugural governor-appointed member of the Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission and, in 2020, was appointed by Governor Pritzker as co-chair. He was a member of the editorial advisory board of the journal The Holocaust in History & Memory, and he designed the pedagogical track of the inaugural docent training program of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. Danny was a faculty fellow of the Auschwitz Jewish Center. His academic publications include Overlapping Triangles, Masks of Holocaust Memory, and Teaching About T4. He was the editor of Present Past by Ava Kadishson Schieber, and he helped to republish the seminal Holocaust memoir I Was A Doctor in Auschwitz by Gisela Perl.
MUSICIAN & ARTIST
Danny is a selected artist for Brushes With Cancer, a program of Twist Out Cancer. Born and raised in London, Danny is also a singer-songwriter and a member of the Chicago-based folk-rock band They Won't Win.
Photo courtesy of Northwestern University