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Amy CohenProfessor
Mortiz College of Law
202 Drinko Hall
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B.A., Rutgers, History and Hebraic Studies (1998)
J.D., Harvard Law School (2002)

A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Amy J. Cohen studies informal and formal dispute resolution, competing ideologies of law and international development, and the political economy of food. At Ohio State, she is also affiliated faculty at the Food Innovation Center.

Cohen is currently writing about the conflicts and distributional effects of efforts to restructure food supply chains in India around the imperatives of large supermarket chains. This research has been, or will be, supported by multiple Fulbright grants, a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Chicago.

Cohen has also held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Turin Faculty of Law, and West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. Before joining the Moritz faculty, she taught at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal as a Fulbright scholar, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, and worked on community development initiatives in Ghana, Nepal, and Thailand.

Her articles have appeared in interdisciplinary publications, such as Law and Social Inquiry, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, NOMOS (forthcoming) and Political and Legal Anthropology Review, as well as in a number of law reviews, such as Texas Law Review (forthcoming), Fordham Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems.

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
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Moritz College of Law: Amy Cohen dishes about the ‘supermarket revolution’ and its effects on developing countries (2013)
Moritz College of Law: Cohen named Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2013)

Mershon Project
Markets, Conflict, and Law: A Study of Multinationals in India's Food Supply Chains (2016-17)
Resistance and Rule of Law: A Critical Assessment of Law and Development Practice in Nepal (2007-08)