Political scientist; Philosopher; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Joshua Cohen is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law at Stanford University. Cohen is also leader for the Program on Global Justice at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he is a principal investigator in the program on Liberation Technology. Cohen is a political theorist, trained in philosophy, with a special interest in issues that lie at the intersection of democratic norms and institutions. He has written extensively on issues of democratic theory, particularly deliberative democracy and its implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, religious freedom, and political equality. Professor Cohen has also written on issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supranational democratic governance. Since 1991 he has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Boston Review. Since 2011 he has been a faculty member of Apple University.