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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.


Only bold political vision will prepare the public for climate change

Shana Cohen 05/08/2021

The recent climate catastrophes and human cost, the revelations about Pegasus cybersecurity, and the billionaires’ space race all reflect the pernicious impact of inequality and the global failure to act against climate change. They also evoke a dystopian future. One where the wealthy have disproportionate access to the resources needed to …



Job Creation Post-Pandemic

Shana Cohen 15/03/2021

The economic fallout from the pandemic has affected workers in Ireland across sectors, positions, income, and skills. However, the closure of …

How can progressive policies become more politically acceptable?

Shana Cohen 12/01/2021

In an address before Thanksgiving last year, President-elect Biden stated, “Our democracy was tested this year.” He added, “What we learned is …

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 …

'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, …

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