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Elizabeth Cohn

Assistant Professor School of International Service

Dr. Elizabeth Cohn is an Assistant Professor specializing in U.S. foreign policy and Latin America. Her research interests include the U.S. promotion of democracy and Latin America. She is also deeply interested in pedagogies of teaching and is a frequent presenter at workshops on teaching. In Fall 2013 she was appointed SIS Faculty Coordinator for Teaching and Student Learning and in 2018 she was named a Faculty Fellow of AU's Center for Teaching Research & Learning. She has received several teaching awards including: the 2018 William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching; the 2016 F. Gunther Eyck Award for dedication and devotion to teaching and students; the 2015 Milton and Sonia Greenberg Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award; and the 2014 Ann Ferren Curriculum Design Award. She has taught at Goucher College, where she was the director of the International and Intercultural Studies program, and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She was the founder and director of the Central American Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.


PhD, American University

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SIS-School of Intl Service
SIS - 315
Office Hours Fall 2018: Tues 4-6:30; Wed 1:30-3:30; Fri 10-11; by appointment.
Contact Info
(202) 885-2317

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  • Fall 2018

    • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Defining American
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  • Spring 2019

    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Globalizatn: Winners & Losers
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    • SISU-324 Topics in Pol Econ of Latin Am: Breakfast in the Americas
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Cohn teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy and international politics, as well as courses on Latin America including, "Breakfast in the Americas: Bananas, Coffee, Sugar."