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Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen, MA, PhD

Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, and Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law
CDDRL Affiliated Faculty

Program on Global Justice
Encina Hall West, Room 404
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

(650) 723-0256 (voice)

Research Interests

issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supra-national democratic governance


Joshua Cohen is a professor of law, political science, and philosophy at Stanford University, where he also teaches at the and helps to coordinate the Program on Liberation Technology. A political theorist trained in philosophy, Cohen has written extensively on issues of democratic theory—particularly deliberative democracy and the implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, and campaign finance—and global justice. Cohen is author of On Democracy (1983, with Joel Rogers); Associations and Democracy (1995, with Joel Rogers); Philosophy, Politics, Democracy (2010); The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays (2011); and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals (2011). Since 1991, he has been editor of Boston Review, a bi-monthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas. Cohen is currently a member of the faculty of Apple University.

Stanford Affiliations

Political Science