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David S. Cohen

Associate 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's publications include 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 and the South Carolina Law Review. A recent article, "Still Unconstitutional: Our Nation's Experiment with State Sponsored Sex Segregation in Education," was published in the Seton Hall Law Review in 2014He also is co-authoring a book about targeted harassment of abortion providers, tentatively titled “Anti-Abortion Terrorism,” forthcoming in the next year from Oxford University Press.

Professor Cohen received his J.D. 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 and 2012.

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.  He is pro bono co-counsel for the plaintiffs in Ballen v. Corbett, one of several challenges to Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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 Feminist Law Professors, Faculty Lounge, and Slate.