Dr Molly Cochran

Reader in International Relations

Dr. Molly Cochran is Reader in International Relations and Academic Conduct Officer for the Department of Social Sciences.She has research and teaching interests in international relations theory, international political thought, American pragmatism, human rights, gender and IR, and democratic global governance.

She joined the Department in 2012 after previous positions at the University of Natal, Durban; University of Bristol; and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She held a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship (2002-3) working at the London Office of Human Rights Watch to block US negotiation of bilateral immunity agreements in relation to the International Criminal Court. She is currently writing a book on the advocacy of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the League of Nations.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

U23130 Researching Politics and International Relations: Analytical Modes and Controversies

U26170 The Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Postgraduate

P25116 Readings in Social Science

P23119 Dilemmas of International Ethics

Research

My research in International Relations [IR] is informed by the fields of political philosophy and ethical thought. My expertise is in the area of normative International Relations theory, but I integrate this work with my interest in American pragmatism and am also a scholar and interpreter of John Dewey’s work. Additionally, I have published articles and book chapters on the insights of pragmatism for English School and Constructivist approaches to IR, methodologies in IR, and the conceptualization of IR as a social science.

 

Conferences

“Contributions of the English School”, Invited Workshop at the European University Institute, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Florence Italy, May 2014

Dr Molly Cochran has research and teaching interests in international relations theory, international ethics, gender, American pragmatism and democracy and global governance.

She worked at the Office of Human Rights Watch to block US negotiation of bilateral immunity agreements in relation to the International Criminal Court and is currently researching the advocacy of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the League of Nations.

Publications

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters

Books

·        Books

(1999) Normative Theory in International Relations: A Pragmatic Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2010) M. Cochran, ed., The Cambridge Companion to John Dewey, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(2017) M. Cochran and C. Navari, eds., Progressivism and US Foreign Policy between the World Wars, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

M. Cochran (2016), Jane Addams und ihre internationale Ethik eines sozialen Radikalismus: globale Gerechtigkeit als realistische Utopie’, Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 64(5), pp.740-756.

M. Cochran (2012), “Pragmatism and International Relations: A Story of Closure and Opening”, Symposium on Pragmatism and the Social Sciences in the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3(2): 138-58.

Royster, J.J. and M. Cochran (2011) “Human Rights and Civil Rights: The Advocacy and Activism of African-American Women Writers”, Rhetoric Society Quarterly 41(3): 213-230.

M. Cochran (2009) “Charting the Ethics of the English School: What ‘Good’ is There in a Middle-Ground Ethics”, International Studies Quarterly 53(1): 203-225.

M. Cochran (2002) “Deweyan Pragmatism and Post-Positivist Social Science in IR”, Millennium: Journal of International Affairs 30(3): 525-548.

M. Cochran (2002) “A Democratic Critique of Cosmopolitan Democracy”, European Journal of International Relations 8(4): 517-548.

M. Cochran (1999), “Talking with Feminists about What We Can Know in IR”, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 12(2): 46-56.

M. Cochran (1998) Carver, T., Cochran, M., and J. Squires (1998) “Gendering Jones: Feminisms, IR’s and Masculinities”, Review of International Studies 24(2): 283-297.

M. Cochran (1996) “Is There a Role for the Liberal Ironist in IR Theory?” Millennium: Journal of International Studies 25(1): 29- 52.

M. Cochran (1995) “Postmodernism, Ethics and International Political Theory”, Review of International Studies 21(3): 237-250.

Book chapters

1.     

M. Cochran (2017) The ‘Newer Ideals’ of Jane Addams’s Progressivism in Cochran and Navari (eds.)  Progressivism and US Foreign Policy between the World Wars, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

M. Cochran (2016) “Is International Relations Essentially an Ethical Pursuit” in Ken Booth and Toni Erskine (eds.) International Relations Theory Today, Cambridge: Polity Press.

M. Cochran (2014) “Normative Theory in the English School” in D. Green and C. Navari (eds.), Guide to the English School in International Studies, Chichester: Wiley.

M. Cochran (2013) “Hedley Bull and John Dewey: Two Middle Grounders and a Pragmatic Approach to the Nuclear Dilemma” in C. Navari (ed.) Ethical Reasoning in International Affairs: Arguments from the Middle Ground, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

M. Cochran (2008) “The Ethics of the English School” in Duncan Snidal and Chris Reus-Smit (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

M. Cochran (2008) “Conceptualizing the Power of Transnational Agents: Pragmatism and International Public Spheres” in Raf Geenens and Ronald Tinnevelt (eds.), Does Truth Matter? Democracy and Public Space, Dordrecht: Springer.

M. Cochran (2001) ‘A Pragmatist Perspective on Ethical Foreign Policy’, in Karen Smith and Margot Light (eds.), Ethics and Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

M. Cochran (2001) “Rorty’s Neo-pragmatism: Some Implications for International Relations Theory,” in Matthew Festenstein and Simon Thompson (eds.), Richard Rorty: Critical Dialogues, Cambridge: Polity Press.