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
- International Relations (BA (Hons), BSc (Hons))
- International Relations and Politics (BA (Hons))
- International Relations (MA, PGDip, PGCert)
- International Security (MA, PGDip, PGCert)
- 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
Cochran M, 'Whose Pragmatism, Which IR?'
International Studies Review 23 (4) (2021) pp.1933-1958
ISSN: 1521-9488 eISSN: 1468-2486Abstract Published here
Cochran M, 'Jane Addams und ihre internationale Ethik eines sozialen Radikalismus: globale Gerechtigkeit als realistische Utopie'
Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 64 (5) (2016) pp.740-756
ISSN: 0012-1045 eISSN: 2192-1482Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Cochran M, 'Pragmatism and international Relations: a story of closure and opening'
European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 4 (1) (2012) pp.138-158
ISSN: 2036-4091Abstract Published here
Cochran M, 'Charting the ethics of the English school: what 'Good' is there in a middle-ground ethics?'
International Studies Quarterly 53 (1) (2009) pp.203-225
ISSN: 0020-8833Abstract Published here