Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen

John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law

(614) 247-8459

202 Drinko Hall
55 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Democratic Governance
  • Economic and Social Development


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2002
  • B.A. History and Hebraic Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1998

A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Professor Amy Cohen studies dispute resolution, democratic governance, and economic and social development, often from a transnational perspective. Her publications appear in peer-reviewed journals such as Law and Social Inquiry, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, the Political Journal of Legal Anthropology (forthcoming), and Contemporary Pragmatism (forthcoming), as well as law reviews, such as the Wisconsin Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Harvard Negotiation Law Journal, and the Ohio State Law Journal, among others.

Professor Cohen has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, Faculty of Law, and a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Professor at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India. Based on her fieldwork in West Bengal, her current research examines the political economy of food in India. At Ohio State, she is affiliated faculty at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Food Innovation Center.

Before joining the Moritz Faculty, Professor Cohen taught at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, and worked on community development initiatives in Ghana, Nepal, and Thailand. At Moritz, she teaches property, international dispute resolution, law and development, and mediation. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School where she was a Hewlett Fellow in the Program on Negotiation and worked in the White House and State Department.