Monthly Speakers Series

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CST)

$35 per Person
The deadline for reservations is Friday March 24th, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Derek M. Cohen, Ph.D.

Vice President of Policy at Texas Public Policy Foundation


New Location 

Chez Zee American Bistro

5406 Balcones Drive

Austin, TX 78731

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Image result for derek cohenDerek Cohen, PhD, is Vice President of Policy and Right on Crime Senior Fellow. Previously a policy director at Right on Crime, the Foundation’s criminal justice reform initiative, Cohen was instrumental in the passage of the First Step Act, federal legislation that borrowed from successful changes to prisons and sentencing that he had helped pass in conservative states. In previous legislative sessions, Cohen has successfully worked on issues of occupational licensure, truancy reform, and orders of nondisclosure. In addition to leading the Foundation’s work on criminal justice, he is also the lead researcher of firearms policy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Cohen worked as a researcher with the University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Crime Science and completed three advanced statistical trainings at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. He also taught classes in statistics, research methods, criminal procedure, and corrections.
Cohen’s academic work can be found in Criminology and Public Policy, Victims and Offenders, the Oxford Handbook on Police and Policing, and many other academic outlets. He has presented several papers to the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Evaluation Association on the implementation and outcomes of various criminal justice policy issues.
Cohen graduated with a BS in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University and earned his MS and PhD in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati.


ALL reservations must be paid in advance.
The deadline for reservations is Friday May 19th, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

We place the lunch order based on the count at closing time on May 19th.
Reservations cancelled after the deadline will NOT be refunded,
and payment from the reservations cancelled on time will be credited for future meetings.


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