Dr Molly Cochran

Reader in International Relations

School of Law and Social Sciences


Dr. Molly Cochran is Reader in International Relations in 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. 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 and supervision


Modules taught


  • Great Debates in International Relations: Inclusion and Exclusion 
  • The Theory and Practice of Human Rights


  • Advanced Research in International Relations
  • Dilemmas of International Ethics


I am a normative international relations theorist with special interest in American pragmatist philosophy, particularly the work of John Dewey and Jane Addams. I have published articles and book chapters on the insights of American pragmatism for English School and Constructivist approaches to IR, methodologies in IR, and the conceptualization of IR as a social science. My publications also include work in the areas of international ethics, feminist international relations and democratic global governance. Currently, I am writing a monograph on the international thought and advocacy of the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom in the interwar era.

Centres and institutes



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