Amy J. Cohen

Professor of Law
Amy J. Cohen
Contact Information:

(614) 247-8459 Drinko 202


Curriculum Vitae Bibliography

  • B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, History and Hebraic Studies, 1998 (highest honors)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2002 (magna cum laude)

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Clinical Education
  • Food Law
  • Law and Development
  • Mediation
  • South Asia

A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Professor 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 Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Food Innovation Center.

Professor Cohen is currently on leave researching the rise of new food retail formats in India and particularly how practices of negotiation in agricultural supply chains change in the shadow of new market actors and legal rules–and who and what influences their outcomes for small farmers and market intermediaries. This research has been 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.

Professor Cohen has also held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Turin, Faculty of Law, and the 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, Colorado, 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, Fordham Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems.