Dr. Lindsay P. Cohn is currently an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, serving as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Combatting Terrorism. She is on leave from her position as Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, and Co-Director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies, at the University of Northern Iowa, where she has been since 2009.
From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Cohn held a policy post-doc from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin and the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. From 2006-2007, she held a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. She earned her PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2007. She has also held fellowships from the Free University Berlin and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and is an alumna of Columbia University’s Summer Workshop on the Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS). She is a member of the American and Midwest Political Science Associations, the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS), and the European Research Group on the Military and Society (ERGOMAS). She is fluent in German and reads Dutch, French, Norwegian, and Swedish.
Her research interests deal primarily with military organizations, civil-military relations, military responses to asymmetric conflict, and international law of war/comparative military law. She has authored or co-authored articles and book chapters on civil-military relations, military personnel policy, and the privatization of security. She has also been interviewed on military, legal, and political issues by Chicago NPR, Iowa Public Radio, KWWL News 7, the Christian Science Monitor, the Des Moines Register, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and invited to give talks on military manpower issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Center for War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, and the Bundeswehr University, Munich. Her teaching focuses on International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, Terrorism and Insurgency, International Law, Politics of the Middle East, and Civil-Military Relations.
Dr. Cohn serves on the editorial boards of the journals Armed Forces and Society and Res Militaris, and referees for several other journals, including Security Studies and the AJPS. She is a member of the Council of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and sits on the Veteran Students Services Committee at UNI. She has been recognized by the UNI Veterans’ Association with a Meritorious Service Award. For her work with the Army ROTC unit at UNI in 2009/2010, preparing graduating seniors for their impending deployments to Afghanistan, she received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army.
As an undergraduate, she completed Army ROTC, but was medically discharged in lieu of commissioning due to training-related injuries. She remains an avid outdoorswoman, enjoying backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing.