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.
- 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. 2011.
- “A Non-Religious Basis for the Idea of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Overlapping Consensus.” ed. Thomas Cushman (New York: Routledge).
- “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).
- Ph.D., Duke University, 2004
- In Defense of Human Rights, published by Routledge in 2007
- Joined UNL Faculty, 2007
- Tenure and Promotion, 2010
- Untangling Heroism, published by Routledge in 2013