Charles L. Cohen is E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of History, and the founding director of the UW Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions.

He is a specialist in colonial British North America and early American religious history. He received the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society for American Historians for his work on the psychology of Puritan religious experience.

Prior to becoming the Lubar Institute’s founding director, he ran UW–Madison’s Religious Studies Program. He serves on the Religious Practices Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.