Coser, Lewis A.

Coser, Lewis A. (Alfred)

(1913–  ) sociologist; born in Berlin, Germany. A 1941 immigrant to the U.S.A. and a Columbia University Ph.D., he taught at Brandeis University (1951–68) and State University of New York: Stony Brook (1969–87). His books in the areas of social conflict, the sociology of politics, and history include Sociological Theory (coauthored, 1957, several times revised), The American Communist Party (with Irving Howe, 1957, later revised), and Refugee Scholars in America (1984).