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Shana Cohen


Shana Cohen is an Affiliated Lecturer with the Department. She is the Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Before coming to Cambridge, she was a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sheffield and taught Human Services and Politics of the Middle East at George Washington University. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brief CV

Shana Cohen has been engaged in both academic research and community-based work in Morocco, India, Egypt, Israel, England, and the US. Her research has focused on the transformation of the middle class and the politics of social action under neoliberalism, exploring how the constitution of identity intersects with economic insecurity and ideologies of human potential and social value. Shana's current writing and research projects reflect her practitioner and academic trajectories - the first project involves rethinking local management of resources to improve frontline service effectiveness and the second, how grassroots social action indicates the emergence of a new political consciousness controverting management models and allocation of resources based on commodification of human potential and vulnerability. She is also the PI (with Ed Kessler, the Executive Director of the Woolf Institute) on a comparative study of how the recession in Europe has affected trust between religious minorities in London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Transforming Social Action into Social Change. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Forthcoming. Who is Responsible for the Poor ? Boulder, CO : Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

(2014) "The Politics of Social Action in Morocco," Midde East - Topics and Arguments, Special Issue on the Middle Class.

(2014) "Neoliberalism and Academia in Morocco," British Journal of Middle East Studies, Special Issue on the Role of Intellectuals in the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Ewan Stein.

(2014) "Social Solidarity in Global Social Policy," Festschrift for Bob Deacon, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2014) 'Rediscovering the Social Imperative in Managing Public and Non-profit Social Services in Morocco', Special issue of Philosophy of Management on management in Africa, edited by David Lutz and Peter John Opio.

(2011) With Bob Deacon. "From the Global Politics of Poverty Alleviation to the Global Politics of Solidarity," Special issue of Global Social Policy, edited by Asun St Clair and Havard Haarstard, Vol 11, No 1/2.

(2010) "What is the relationship between migration and social development?" Migration in the Arab World, Washington, DC: Middle East Institute.

2009. " Les Classes Moyennes et Les Changements Sociales au Maroc, " La Revue Economia, Fevrier, Vol. 2, No. 1, p 21-39.

2007. "Sociology in Morocco," Theory Newsletter, International Sociological Association.

2007. (With Nasreen Akhtar). "Promoting Social Investment in Sustainability," The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Vol. 3, No. 1.

2007. "A New Meaning for the Wandering Jew," in Susan Ossman (ed.) Places We Share, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

2006. With Larabi Jaïdi. Morocco: Globalization and its Consequences. NYC, NY: Routledge Press (for the series 'Mapping the Global Spaces').

2004. Searching for a Different Future: Market Reform and the Transformation of the Middle Class in Morocco. Duke University Press.

2004. "The Moroccan Subject in a Globalising World," Thesis Eleven, No. 78, No. 1, August 2004, pp. 28-45.

2003. "Alienation and Globalization in Morocco: Addressing the Social and Political Impact of Market Integration," Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 168 - 189.

  • Position: Affiliated Lecturer
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
  • Dr Cohen supervises graduate students