KOSMIN, BARRY (1946– ), British sociologist and demographer. One of the best-known contemporary Jewish sociologists and demographers, Kosmin was born in London and served as executive director of the Research Unit of the Board of Deputies of British Jews from 1974 to 1986. He then becamea professor (1986–96) at the City University of New York before becoming executive director of Jewish Policy Research, the successor body to the Institute of Jewish Affairs, which conducts research and undertakes policy studies about contemporary Jewish life. Kosmin was director of the well-known 1990 U.S. National Jewish Policy Survey and wrote extensively on Jewish demography, contemporary religious identity, and antisemitism.
[William D. Rubinstein (2nd ed.)]