Beaufort, South Carolina
Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Her teaching and research interests involve gender and sexuality, domestic and sexual violence, service learning and civic engagement, creative nonfiction, and feminist pedagogy. Deb has done domestic violence work with survivors and perpetrators; she has worked in Wisconsin, Texas and Massachusetts. In addition, she has served as an expert consultant in legal cases involving sexual violence. She is working on two book-length projects, one regarding what it means to teach about intimacy and violence, and the other a collection of creative nonfiction about providing care for an ill and elderly parent. Among her other courses, Deb teaches Introduction to Gender Studies in which she assigns Abby’s book, Finding the Deep River Within. Deb is also involved in home design and home staging, using a social-psychological perspective to help clients transform their exterior surroundings to more closely align with their interior lives and values so they can inhabit their spaces and their lives more fully and creatively. In particular, Deb looks forward to sharing the depths of Deep River work with faculty, staff, and students, some of whom are traditional age college students, some much older adult learners, and some men.