Professor Jean Cohen is a political theorist who specializes in contemporary political and legal theory, continental political thought, critical theory, and international political theory. 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: 2002); and Rethinking Legitimacy and Legality in the Epoch of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011). She has published over 50 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.
Professor Cohen lectures widely abroad and recently held a month-long distinguished lecture series at the College de France. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and honors including the Fulbright Hays Research Fellowship, the Alfred Schutz Memorial Award, NEH summer fellowships, ACLS Travel Grants. She was a Fellow at The Max Planck Institute in Germany and at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York. She has held distinguished Professor posts in Canada (University of Toronto School of Law), France (College de France, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Sciences Po), Germany (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat), and Sweden (Lund University). She was co-director for 17 years of the Seminar on Philosophy and the Social Sciences, held yearly at the Inter-University Center of Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, and since 1993 in Prague, The Czech Republic.