Faculty Experts

Elizabeth F. Cohen

Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Professor Elizabeth F. Cohen’s specialties include immigration and citizenship, contemporary and modern political theory, and history of political thought. She is the author of Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics and currently working on a new manuscript The Political Value of Time.

Recent publications include:

Recent op-ed writing:

Why Trump’s immigration policies will increase undocumented immigration.” Politico, March 1st, 2017

Our Immigration Policy.” Sunday Dialogue in The Opinion PagesNew York Times, Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Should Illegal Immigrants Become Citizens? Let’s Ask the Founding Fathers.” Op-ed in The Washington Post, Sunday, February 2, 2013.

Excerpted and referenced in, Charles Blow, “Border Surge Meets Bluster Surge.”  New York Times, June 21, 2013.


The Political Economy of Immigrant Time:Rights, Citizenship and Temporariness in the post-1965 Era.” Polity, July 2015.

Dilemmas of Representation, Citizenship, and Semi-citizenship” St. Louis University Law Journal, Volume 58, Summer 2014

Citizenship, Immigration, and the Law of Time in the United States.” Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy . Spring 2013.

“Effects of Immigration Federalism on the Rights of Non-Citizens in the United States.” With Jennifer Kinney. Multilevel Citizenship. Ed. Willem Maas. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, PA, 2013.

Rethinking Immigration Reform: The Political Currency of Time in Immigration.” Perspectives on Politics: September 2011

Jus Temporis in Magna Carta: the Sovereignty of Time in Modern Citizenship and Politics.” PS: Political Science and Politics, July 2010.

“Limitations on Universality: The Right to Health, Statelessness, and Legal Nationality” with Lindsey Kingston and Christopher Morley.  International Health and Human Rights 10:11 2010.

“Children, ADHD, and Citizenship” with Christopher Morley. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34(2) 2009, 155-180.

Carved from the Inside Out: Public Philosophies of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States” in Debating Immigration. Carol Swain, Ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

“Social Philosophy of the Family” in Debates in Social Philosophy. Laurence Thomas, Ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2007).

Neither Seen Nor Heard: Children’s Citizenship in Democratic Polities.” Citizenship Studies, May 2005.

“Immigrant Incorporation and Intermediary Institutions” with Kristi Andersen in The Politics of Democratic Inclusion, Eds. Christina Wolbrecht and Rodney E. Hero, with Peri E. Arnold and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005)



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