G. Daniel Cohen

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G. Daniel Cohen, Ph.D, is an associate professor of Modern European History at Rice University. His research focuses on forced displacement, human rights, and international law in the twentieth century. His recent book, "In War's Wake: Europe's Displaced Persons in the Postwar Order" (Oxford University Press, 2011), explores the history of European political refugees after World War II and the rise of international human rights. Dr. Cohen holds a PhD in History from New York University.

Areas of Interest
  • Modern France
  • Modern Europe
  • Human rights and migration studies

Research and Teaching

Professor Cohen supervises graduate students working in the field of Modern European History, French History, human rights and international law, as well as migration studies.

Selected Publications
  • In War’s Wake: European Refugees in the Postwar Order (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • “The ‘Human Rights Revolution’ at Work: Refugees and Displaced Persons in Postwar Europe” in Stefan Ludwig Hoffmann and Dieter Gosewinkel (eds.), Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Between Relief and Politics: Refugee Humanitarianism in Post-War Europe,”Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 43 (3), July 2008 437-450.
  • “The Politics of Recognition: Jewish Refugees in Relief Policies and Human Rights Debates, 1945-1950”, Immigrants and Minorities 24 (2), July 2006, 125-144.
  • “Remembering Postwar Displaced Persons: From Omission to Resurrection” in Mareike König, Rainer Ohliger (eds.), Enlarging European Memory. Migration Movements in Historical Perspective, Stuttgart (Thorbecke Verlag), 2006, pp.87-97