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David S. Cohen

Professor of Law

David S. Cohen


Office: School of Law, Room 232
Phone: 215.571.4714
Fax: 215.571.4712

Administrative Support:
Donna Strunk
Phone: 215.571.4802


David S. Cohen’s scholarship explores the intersection of constitutional law and gender, emphasizing sex segregation, masculinity, and violence against abortion providers. He also researches voting anomalies in the Supreme Court.

Professor Cohen recently published his co-authored Oxford University Press book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.  The book examines how abortion providers are individually targeted by anti-abortion extremists and how law can better respond to this type of harassment.

Professor Cohen has also published articles in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, George Washington Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Boston University Law Review, Seton Hall Law Review, and the South Carolina Law Review.  He has a chapter in the forthcoming book Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2016) that re-writes the 1981 Supreme Court opinion that approved the all-male military draft.

Professor Cohen received his JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Public Interest Commitment Award and two Columbia Human Rights Fellowships. He was managing editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

After clerking for Justice Alan B. Handler of the New Jersey Supreme Court and Judge Warren J. Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Professor Cohen worked as a fellow and staff attorney for the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. There, he handled a range of cases involving reproductive rights, sex discrimination under Title IX, health insurance coverage of contraceptives, health care for women prisoners and family rights for gay and lesbian couples. Professor Cohen worked on several U.S. Supreme Court cases, including representing the plaintiffs in Ferguson v. City of Charleston.

Before coming to Drexel, he was a lecturer-in-law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also held adjunct professor positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Long Island University.

Professor Cohen was chosen by graduating students to receive the Dean Jennifer L. Rosato Excellence in the Classroom Award in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016.  He also won the 2015 Center for Reproductive Rights Innovation in Scholarship Award and the 2016 Person of the Year award from the Abortion Care Network.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and the national Abortion Care Network.  He continues to work on pro bono cases affecting abortion access and LGBT rights.

He is a regular contributor to "The Good Phight," a blog on the Philadelphia Phillies, and occasionally contributes to other blogs and websites as well, including Slate, Rolling Stone, and Faculty Lounge.