Jean L. Cohen
Jean Louise Cohen is the Nell and Herbert Singer Professor of Political Thought at Columbia University. She specializes in contemporary political and legal theory with particular research interests in democratic theory, critical theory, Civil society, gender and the law. She received her PhD in 1979 from the New School for Social Research. She served as Assistant Professor of Social Science at Bennington College from 1980-1983 and as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley (1984) before coming to Columbia. Cohen has been Associate Editor of the journals Telos, Constellations and Dissent. She was elected one of the three editors in chief of Constellations in May 2014. Her current projects concern rethinking state and popular sovereignty in the epoch of globalization, as well as defending the law making capacities of secular polities from religiously motivated legal pluralism. Jean L. Cohen serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Council's journal, Ethics & International Affairs. Civil Society and Political Theory, co-authored with Andrew Arato, is viewed by many as a seminal text on contemporary civil society.
Research Interests: Sovereignty, International Law, Global justice, Governance, Contemporary Political Theory, Continental Political Theory, Germany, France, American Legal Theory, Feminist Theory, Civil Society, Privacy, Gender and Sexuality, Social Movements, Rights, State and Religion.
Articles and Chapters
- Whose Sovereignty? Empire Versus International Law
- Changing Paradigms of Citizenship and the Exclusiveness of the Demos
- Does voluntary association make democracy work
- “Max Weber and the Dynamics of Rationalized Domination.” Telos 14 (Winter 1972). New York: Telos Press.
- “Civil Society and Globalization: Rethinking the Categories," in Diversity and its discontents by Neil J. Smelser, Jeffrey C. Alexander
- Civil Society and Political Theory, with Andrew Arato.
- Regulating Intimacy: a new legal paradigm
- Class and Civil Society: the limits of Marxian critical theory
- Changing paradigms of citizenship and the exclusiveness of the demos