Lindsay P. Cohn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
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Dr. Cohn's research and publications focus on military organizations, civil-military relations, international law of war, and foreign policy/public opinion. She has been invited to speak on civil-military relations or military manpower issues in the U.S., Germany, France, and Denmark. She has split her time between academic and policy work, and serves on the boards of the Inter-university Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, APSA's section on International Security and Arms Control, and the editorial boards of the journals Res Militaris and Armed Forces and Society.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • COIN
  • Economics
  • Europe
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • NATO
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights


Associate Professor - US Naval War College, Newport, RI

Promoted to Associate
Faculty exchange with Strategy & Policy - taught senior class S&P
Took on role of course-wide session coordinator

Senior Assistant Professor - US Naval War College, Newport, RI

Joined National Security Affairs Department
Teach Policy Analysis, Strategy, Civil-Military Relations

Assistant to DASD for Special Operations and Combatting Terrorism - DOD, Washington, DC

Spent one year at the Pentagon on a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.
Action officer for Section 1206 Global Train and Equip Program (now Section 2282 USC 10) for CENTCOM and EUCOM
Women in the Services Review for Special Operations Community

Assistant Professor - University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Joined the Political Science Department
Taught International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, Terrorism and Insurgency, Politics of the Middle East, and several Honors seminars
Co-Chaired the Center for International Peace and Security Studies
Veteran Student Services Committee

Policy Research Associate - Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington, DC

Post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations
Policy research and writing

Policy Research Associate - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin, GER

Post-doctoral fellow at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik
Policy research and writing

PhD - Duke University, Durham, NC

Successfully defended dissertation "Who Will Serve: Education, Labor Markets, and Military Personnel Policy" to committee of Peter D. Feaver, David Soskice, Chris Gelpi, Alex Downes, and Tim Buethe, all of Duke University

Pre-Doctoral Fellow - Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Dissertation research and writing

Visiting Lecturer - Friedrich-Alexander Uni, Erlangen, GER/Research Fellow - Free University, Berlin, GER

Taught American Civil-Military Relations and Comparative Civil-Military Relations at the FAU Erlangen
Dissertation research and writing at the FU Berlin

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow - Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut der Bundeswehr, GER

Research fellow at the Social Sciences Research Institute for the German Federal Armed Forces


Ph.D., Duke University, 2007, Political Science (International Relations/Political Theory)

M.A., Duke University, 2006, Political Science

B.A., Duke University, 1999, Political Science (minors: History and Medieval/Renaissance Studies; certificate: Linguistics)

Certificate , University College, 1998, Cork, Celtic Civilization (Irish language, history, literature, archaeology)

C.V. or Resume

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, for her work with UNI ROTC cadets preparing to deploy to Afghanistan

Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, for her work on Building Partner Capacity programs at SOLIC/SOCT

External Memberships and Associations

American Political Science Association (APSA)

International Security and Arms Control (ISAC)
Section 19

International Studies Association (ISA)

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS-AFS)

European Research Group on the Military and Society (ERGOMAS)

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