Amy J. Cohen is a professor of law at the Ohio State University, where she is also an affiliated faculty member at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Food Innovation Center. She studies formal and informal dispute resolution, competing ideologies of law and international development, and the political economy of food.
At Radcliffe, Cohen is writing about the conflicts and distributional effects of efforts to restructure food supply chains in India around the imperatives of large supermarket chains. Using an ethnographic study of food producers, suppliers, consumers, and policymakers in West Bengal, her project examines what food systems, and the legal norms that govern them, reveal about the changing organization of markets and households in India.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Cohen has taught as a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in India, as a visiting professor at the Università degli Studi di Torino Department of Law in Italy, and as a Fulbright scholar at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal. Her articles have appeared in many law reviews and in interdisciplinary journals such as Contemporary Pragmatism; Law, Culture and the Humanities; Law & Social Inquiry; and Political and Legal Anthropology Review (forthcoming).