On July 1, APPE welcomed Andrew I. Cohen as the newest member of the Executive Board.
Dr. Cohen is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics at Georgia State University, where he has worked since 2003. He is author of Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy (Routledge, 2015). He is also editor (with Christopher Heath Wellman) of Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005; 2nd revised edition 2014). His current research interests include themes in moral repair for historic injustice as well as issues in applied ethics. He is PI on a recent NEH collaborative research grant to study moral injury among post-deployment members of the US armed forces.
Dr. Cohen joined APPE over 12 years ago, and has been an active member of the association; he has presented papers or served on panels at several APPE conferences, and has coached the GSU Ethics Bowl team since 2010. As an APPE member, Dr. Cohen became particularly impressed with the inviting atmosphere at these annual conferences. He comments, “it’s one of the things that I talk about with my friends—that when we go to these conferences we look forward to it not only because we get to spend time with our friends, but because it’s a nice place to go to do work as a scholar and to talk with other people about the work that they’re doing. I think that’s a refreshing contrast to some of the other conferences that people might be familiar with, where lots of important and rigorous work is being done, but the tone isn’t always so solicitous and welcoming.”
When Dr. Cohen began exploring new leadership opportunities, it was this welcoming organizational culture that inspired him to seek a position on the APPE board and to offer greater support to the association. As a board member, Dr. Cohen is eager to take on a leadership role within an academically diverse organization. He notes that, in comparison to other groups he has been a part of, “[APPE] is especially interdisciplinary, which is both a challenge and an opportunity because it asks scholars to make their work both interesting and accessible to people who aren’t necessarily in the scholar’s disciplinary home.” Overall, he is excited to work more closely with the board and the association’s wider membership. “These people are really decent, interesting, and collegial scholars, so I look forward to being a part of it,” he says.