Dr. Ari Kohen
Schlesinger Associate Professor
Director of UNL's Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program
Dr. Kohen teaches political philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses principally on classical and on contemporary political thought. His first book examines the philosophical grounding of the idea of human rights; his new book looks at the ways in which we think about heroic behavior and the most choice-worthy lives.
He's an admitted pop culture and technology fiend. On campus and around town, you’ll almost always see him wearing earbuds or catching up with the latest news via Twitter on his iPhone. He's probably posting something to his blog or listening to the latest philosophy podcast, but you should definitely say hello.
- Contemporary and Ancient Political Theory
- Human Rights
- Ethnic and Intrastate Conflict
- Restorative and Transitional Justice
- Articles on social justice education; technology and racism; and extremist challenges to political liberalism.
Awards & Accomplishments
- 2006 Irmgard Coninx Research Prize, a three-month fellowship at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
- College Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
- Articles in Human Rights Review, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Journal of Human Rights, Polis, and Social Justice Research
- “Plato’s Philosophic Vision: The Difficult Choices of the Socratic Life,” 28 Polis 1.
- “A Non-Religious Basis for the Idea of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Overlapping Consensus” in Handbook of Human Rights ed. Thomas Cushman (New York: Routledge).
- “An Overlapping Consensus on Human Rights and Human Dignity” in Human Rights at the Crossroads ed. Mark Goodale (New York: Oxford).
In the News
- The Non-Apology Apology Problem - L.A. Times
- UNL Professor Uses Google+ to Hang Out With Students - Lincoln Journal Star
- Colleges Get Mixed Reviews When Using Twitter - U.S. News
- Enjoying a @PoliticalScienceClass But #NotAStudent - Campus Progress
- What 'Situation Room Photo' reveals about us - CNN
- Is Political Science Obsolete? - The Atlantic Wire
- NCAA Tournament Doesn't Keep Students From Class at Top Universities - U.S. News
- The Possibility of Secular Human Rights:Alan Gewirth and the Principle of Generic Consistency (2005)
- The Problem of Secular Sacredness: Ronald Dworkin, Michael Perry, and Human Rights Foundationalism (2006)
- The Personal and the Political: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Restorative Justice (2009)
- A Case of Moral Heroism: Sympathy, Personal Identification, and Mortality in Rwanda (2010)
- Personal and Political Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda (2011, with Michael Zanchelli and Levi Drake)
- Plato's Heroic Vision: The Difficult Choices of the Socratic Life (2011)