Frank S. CohenAssistant Professor of Political Science
Areas of interest in political science: comparative politics, political philosophy, ethnic/nationalist politics, study of democracy.
Courses taught in political science at Franklin Pierce: Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Politics of Popular Culture, Environmental Politics, Latin American Politics.
I bring my passion for political science into the classroom. I have a passion for comparative politics because there are so many exciting political lessons to be learned by comparing the conduct of politics in two or more countries. For instance, what are the conditions under which democracy thrives and dies? This is one question that inspires fascinating investigations into the workings of politics across the globe and yields equally fascinating political lessons.
In my classroom, public policy areas (e.g., the environment and welfare) and political concepts (e.g., democracy and nationalism) are always examined in a comparative and international context and never exclusively examined within the United States. I also have a passion for political philosophy because this is where one predominantly reflects on moral and ethical ideals in politics. As political scientists, it is important to realize that our lessons are worthless in the absence of evidence. However, political philosophy allows a political science student to take time out to realize that it is necessary to measure political practices, not only against the evidence, but also against moral and ethical ideals. The lessons of political science are worthless in the absence of carefully argued moral and ethical standards.