Dr Carol Cohn is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, an organization devoted to building new knowledge about gender and security, and to bridging the gaps between research, policy and practice, in the quest to end armed conflicts and build sustainable peace. She has spent 20 years teaching international relations and women’s studies at the university level, and published widely in the field of gender and security, with a focus on gender mainstreaming in international security institutions, the discourse of nuclear defence intellectuals and national security specialists, gender integration issues in the US military, gender and peacekeeping, and the on-going efforts to ensure the implementation of UNSCR 1325 at the international and grassroots levels.
One of her current projects is the development of an on-line Interactive International Research Agenda on Gender, Armed Conflict, and Security, and of a “Gender, Peace and Security” Research Hub, a joint project between the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). She is also partnering with the SSRC and the United Nations Development Programme in the development of a new global research centre, (provisionally named) the Institute on Gender, Peace and Security. Her current book project is a textbook entitled "Women and Wars", co-authored and edited with Laura Sjoberg, to be published by Polity Press in 2011.