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Dr. Shana Cohen

Dr. Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC.

She studied at Princeton University and at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a PhD in Sociology. Her PhD analyzed the political and social consequences of market reform policies in Morocco for young, educated men and women. Since then, she has continued to conduct research on how economic policies have influenced political and social identity, particularly in relation to collective action and social activism.

She has taught at George Washington University, the University of Sheffield, and most recently, University of Cambridge, where she is still an Affiliated Lecturer and Associate Researcher.  Her areas of teaching have included global social policy, globalization, and human services.

Before coming to TASC, she was Deputy Director of the Woolf Institute in Cambridge. In her role at the Institute, she became engaged with interfaith and intercultural relations in Europe, India, and the Middle East.

Beyond academic research, Shana has extensive experience working with NGOs and community-based organizations in a number of countries, including Morocco, the US, the UK, and India. This work has involved project design, management, and evaluation as well as advocacy. She has consulted for the World Bank, the Grameen Bank Foundation, and other private foundations and trusts.


Biden Must Consider the Needs of Trump Supporters

Shana Cohen 20/10/2020

This article first appeared in the Irish Times on October 16, 2020.    Recent polls of voters in Texas have shown former vice-president Joe Biden and president Donald Trump in a dead heat. Polls concerning the senate race between Democrat MJ Hegar and senator John Cornyn show a tightening race. A recent New York Times article …



'In an increasingly protectionist world, Ireland needs to strengthen the case for international trade'

Shana Cohen 28/09/2020

Centre-left parties are currently brandishing ‘competence’ and respect for experience in order to gain public trust and boost their …

Internal debate a true measure of Coalition Government’s strength

Shana Cohen 17/08/2020

This article was first published in The Irish Times on 12 August, 2020.    After his death, the media referred consistently to John …

Covid-19 and Economic Policy

Shana Cohen 19/05/2020

The long-term impact of Covid-19 Three seemingly distinctive trends have emerged from this period: high unemployment rates and financial distress, …

The Ireland We Want

Shana Cohen 05/05/2020

Since TASC was founded in 2001, we have strived for a more equal and fairer Ireland and European Union. The pandemic and recession have provided us …

Coronavirus: It can’t be politics as usual if we are to survive

Shana Cohen 19/03/2020

Coronavirus has shown that there has never been a more important time to shift from the politics of me to the politics of us – but are our …

How to defeat the politics of division and polarisation

Shana Cohen 08/10/2019

Over the next few weeks we will see if the political tactic of accelerating divisiveness triumphs over calls to restore civility in the UK. Neither …

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