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Dara Kay Cohen
Graduate Dissertation Fellow 2007-08, Political Science

Dara Kay Cohen is an assistant professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests span the field of international relations, including international security, civil war and the dynamics of violence, and gender and conflict. Her forthcoming book, Rape During Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2016), examines the variation in the use of rape during recent civil conflicts; the research for the book draws on extensive fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste and El Salvador.

Dara Kay Cohen was a Graduate Dissertation Fellow from the department of political science, where her main field of study iswasinternational relations. Her dissertation analyzes rape during civil war. The central questions in the project focus on how rape is strategically employed by combatant groups. Cohen has completed field research in Sierra Leone, where she conducted dozens of interviews with villagers and ex-combatants about their experiences with violence during the decade-long civil war there.