Danny M. Cohen, Ph. D. is a learning scientist, professor, and writer.
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, museums and memorial, education design, and marginalized narratives of human rights.
Danny is the founder of the national education inititative Unsilence. Reaching more than 16,000 people across 18 states (so far), Danny designs and delivers interactive workshops, teacher training programs, and online exhibitions that support young people, educators, and communities to learning about social injustices and atrocities in the past and present.
In 2020, Danny was appointed by Governor Pritzker as co-Chair of the Illinois Holocaust & Genocide Commission. He served on 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 was a selected artist for Brushes With Cancer, a Twist Out Cancer program. Danny also co-wrote, recorded, and produced an album as a member of the Chicago-based folk-rock band They Won't Win. Born and raised in London, he now lives in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of Northwestern University