Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

Associate Professor


Paul Cohen is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World at the University of Toronto.  A historian of early modern France, he pursues research interests in a range of distinct areas: the formation of nation-states, the social history of languages; cultural identities; and early modern empire.  He also publishes on issues of contemporary concern in France, including higher education and economic and social policy.  Pursuing a distinct interest in the history of food and wine in modern France, he is currently working on a book-length history of the natural wine movement in France.


“The Artifice of Natural Wine: Jules Chauvet and the Reinvention of Vinification in Postwar France,” in Wine and Culture: From Vineyard to Glass, eds. Rachel E. Black and Robert C. Ulin (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 261-78

**volume won the Gourmand Award for 2nd prize in Best in World competition for best book published in the drinks writing category in 2013; award for best book in drinks writing category published in the United Kingdom in 2013 (2014)