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Cohen AmyAmy J. Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She also holds a B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, sharing the honor of graduating first in the class of 1998.

Prior to joining the Moritz faculty, Professor Cohen was a Fulbright scholar in Nepal where she taught alternative dispute resolution at the Kathmandu School of Law and assisted international donor agencies in implementing programs in community mediation and evaluating the impact of development aid in Maoist-affected regions. Upon her return to the U.S., she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. During law school, she received a Hewlett Foundation Jr. Fellowship in the Program on Negotiation, worked at the White House and the State Department, and taught legal writing.

At Moritz, she teaches international dispute resolution and mediation in the school's nationally renown dispute resolution program. She also teaches property and a course on law and development. Her research interests include comparative dispute resolution, international development, and gender and cultural theory.

"The Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers was a central part of my undergraduate experience and intellectual formation. I wrote my senior honors history thesis under the direction of center director Professor Yael Zerubavel. I examined the rise of Jewish religious nationalism at the turn of the 20th century and, more specifically, the process through which diverse social groups interpret authoritative texts for disparate, and often competing, political ends. That same inquiry led me to the study of law. When Professor Zerubavel invited me to present my research at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Association of Israel Studies the summer following my college graduation, my desire to become an academic was sealed."

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