Posts by Dr. Shana Cohen

Shana Cohen

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.


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 of the two biggest parties can claim innocence when it comes to demonising opponents. The spectre of angry, destructive politics that has become so entrenched in the UK (and indeed in other countries, …



A Critical Election, A Crucial Choice

Shana Cohen 22/05/2019

This week, citizens in EU countries will go to the polls to elect MEPs.  These elections are widely considered to be the most important for some …

Bold action on climate change needed now that we have declared emergency

Shana Cohen 14/05/2019

-Appeared in the Irish Times, May 14, 2019.   Last week, Ireland became the second country in the world, after the UK, to declare a climate and …

Think Tanks Should Put 'Public' Back in Policy

Shana Cohen 23/08/2018

According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program, “think tanks are public policy research, analysis, and …

How to Effectively Address Populist Anxieties

Shana Cohen 01/06/2018

 I came to Ireland from the UK, where I lived between 2004-17 (I am originally from the United States). I encountered, fairly early on the …

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