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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Steven D. Cohen


Steven D. Cohen

assistant professor
Klein Family School of Communications Design

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.5865

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
M.P.P., Harvard University
B.A., University of Florida
Steven D. Cohen's website


Steven D. Cohen is a leading expert on the art of public speaking. He is an accomplished scholar and dynamic speaker who has delivered more than 100 courses and workshops for academic and corporate audiences. Cohen has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, and The Baltimore Sun and was featured in the BBC Radio 4 documentary, “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.”

Cohen's scholarly interests include persuasive speaking, workplace presentations, political speechmaking, and public speaking training. He is particularly interested in the use of experiential exercises and technology-based approaches to help promote communication competence. Cohen’s work has appeared in College TeachingCommunication Teacher, the International Journal of Listening, Listening Education, Relevant Rhetoric, and Toastmaster magazine. Cohen is the author of two books, Public Speaking: The Path to Success and Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art. He is also the editor of On the Path to Success: Readings and Resources, a collection of thought-provoking articles on the art and practice of public speaking.

Cohen previously served as managing director of the Oral Communication Program at the University of Maryland. As part of this role, he led curriculum development, assessment initiatives, and instructor training for a large-scale general education program. Cohen also spent several years working in the private sector. He was an assistant vice president and team leader at Bank of America and later became a senior strategy consultant at IBM Global Business Services.

Public speaking in action.

Cohen is a compelling speaker who knows how to keep his audience engaged. Check out these links to see him in action:

(courtesy of Harvard Extension School)

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