Westminster College Associate Professor Presents Research in British Columbia

Thursday, November 1, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Edward S. Cohen, Westminster College associate professor of political science, presented research at a workshop in September at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

"Contractual Governance of Global Value Chains" centered on the role of the international commercial arbitration in shaping how contracts work in global commerce.

The workshop was organized by Dr. A. Claire Cutler of the University of Victoria, Canada. Cohen and Cutler are also working together on a book project: Law, Power and Contestation in the Global Political Economy.

Cohen's research interests are in the area of globalization.  He is interested both in the role of politics and private international law in shaping the process of globalization, and in the impact of globalization on American political life.

To assist in his research, Cohen also attended the annual meeting of the Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL) to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser in Washington, D.C. in October. Cohen was able to network with some of his established contacts in the field. Observing and analyzing the deliberations also helped him progress in writing his current book manuscript.

The trip to the ACPIL meeting was sponsored by the Development Professional Fund and Westminster's Faculty Development Program. Faculty development at Westminster College is an ongoing process to keep the faculty at their best in their teaching and scholarship, and the necessary intersection of those two activities. In addition to supporting the faculty through grants, the department coordinates seminars and training sessions. The program also provides consultation on faculty development issues, such as faculty review portfolio construction, and other teaching issues.

In addition to teaching political science, Cohen serves as the chair of the department and teaches courses in public policy, constitutional law and political theory. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a faculty member at Westminster in 1996.

Contact Cohen at (724) 946-7304 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Edward S. Cohen, associate professor of political science