Mitchell Cohen is editor emeritus of Dissent Magazine and professor of political science at Baruch College and the Graduate School of CUNY. He is the author most recently of The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart (Princeton University Press) which the Association of American Publishers named the best prose book on music of 2017. It was also named among the best books of 2017 in The London Evening Standard and won the Presidential Achievement Award of Baruch College, CUNY for Excellence in Scholarship. He completing a political biography of Richard Wagner and recently edited a new edition of Princeton Readings in Political Thought (Princeton University Press). His other books include The Wager of Lucien Goldmann(Princeton University Press) and Zion and State (Columbia University Press). He has written for numerous publications in the U.S. and Europe including The New York Times Sunday Book Review and the London Times Literary Supplement. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton and CUNY Writing Fellow at the Levy Biography Center and has lectured at Stanford, the French Institute for Politics (Sciences-po) and the EHESS (in Paris) along with numerous other universities in the U.S. and Europe.