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Jean Louise Cohen

Jean Louise Cohen

Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization in the Core Curriculum
Office: 
729 IAB, Mail Code: 3320
Email: 
jlc5@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212 854 6491
Biography

Jean Cohen (Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1979) is the Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Political Thought. She teaches contemporary political and legal theory, continental political thought, contemporary civilization, critical theory, and international political theory. Professor Cohen specializes in civil society, sovereignty, human rights, gender, religion and democratic constitutionalism. She is the author of numerous books and articles including Class and Civil Society: The Limits of Marxian Critical Theory (University of Massachusetts Press, 1982); Civil Society and Political Theory (co-authored with Andrew Arato) (MIT Press, 1992); Regulating Intimacy: A New Legal Paradigm (Princeton University Press, 1992); and Globalization and Sovereignty: Rethinking Legality and Legitimacy and Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press 2012). She is the co-editor of Democratic Citizenship and War (Routledge 2011) and of the forth-coming volume Political Religion, Legal Pluralism and Democratic Citizenship (Columbia University Press 2014). She has published over 60 articles in journals such as Constellations, Ethics and International Affairs, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Social Research, Political Theory, Telos, Thesis 11, and in numerous law reviews in addition to chapters in edited books. She is the recipient of Columbia University's Distinguished Faculty Award (the prestigious Lenfest Award) for excellence in teaching and research (February 2013) and of the Distinguished Alumna Award from The New School for Social Research (May 2013). She has received many other fellowships and honors and has taught abroad many times in Germany (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt), France (Collège de France, Sciences Po, La Sorbonne Paris 1), and Italy (University of Pisa). Her work is translated into many languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Serbo-Croation, Spanish, and Swedish. She is co-editor of Constellations: A Journal of Radical Democracy and serves on the board of many other journals in the field and of several institutes at Columbia including the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS), The Blinken Institute for European Studies, and The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWAG).

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