Katherine Benton-Cohen is professor of history at Georgetown University. The Arizona native is the author of Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard University Press, 2018) and Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009). She also served as historical adviser to the non-fiction feature film, Bisbee ’17 (dir. Robert Greene, 2018), which won the American Historical Association’s John O’Connor Award for Best Historical Documentary.
Benton-Cohen a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has received research fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Philosophical Society, the New York Public Library and elsewhere. She and her work have appeared in a variety of media outlets, including Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, PBS American Experience, the BBC, Dissent, Politico.com, and Lapham’s Quarterly.
She currently serves as an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, and in 2018, she served as an OAH-JAAS Resident Fellow at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. Her current research is global history of the Phelps-Dodge family, whose capitalist and philanthropic links between New York, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and the Middle East profoundly changed each region. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children.