Corentin Cohen

BA, MPhil, PhD

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
International Relations Network
Government and Politics Network
St Peter's College

Corentin Cohen is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations and a Junior Research Fellow at St Peter’s College.

Corentin is interested in the transformations of the political economy of Africa and Latin America and how these processes affect foreign policy, producing opportunities for political actors and governments. He currently conducts research on the role of groups of professionals and private companies in crafting new relationships between states. He is looking at cases in Angola, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa. He also develops works on global value chains and the different legal, informal and illegal activities they entail. Corentin is keen on using interdisciplinary approaches and ethnography.

Corentin Cohen has received his PhD in political science and international relations from Sciences Po and was a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (POLIS). His thesis relied on extensive fieldwork in North East Nigeria and in Brazil to develop a political sociology of conflicts and their mediatisations. He analysed how interactions between armed factions, journalists, politicians, professionals of reputations management and diplomats shaped global policies and interventions. His work received the research prize of the French association for the study of war in 2018.

Before joining the department, Corentin was OxPo postdoctoral fellow working between the Center for International Studies (CERI) of Sciences Po in Paris and the DPIR. He lectured on international relations and on African politics at Sciences Po and the Sorbonne.

In April 2024, Corentin signed an open letter by academics calling for transparency over university funding in the UK.