Dr. Emma Cohen de Lara (PhD University of Notre Dame) is senior lecturer in political theory and tutor at Amsterdam University College, and research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (www.aissr.nl). Before joining AUC, she worked at the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Vermont. Emma Cohen de Lara completed her master degrees at the London School of Economics and Leiden University.
At AUC, Emma Cohen de Lara teaches Classical and Modern Political Thought and Ancient Philosophical Texts. In the past, she has taught Politics of Modernity and Political Shakespeare. Emma supervises bachelor theses on a range of topics in political theory, including citizenship, democracy, ethics, and education.
Emma's research focuses on questions in ancient political thought. A recent publication is an edited volume on Plato and the Sofists: A Mirror for our Times (2020). Emma is also actively engaged in research and activities related to liberal arts and sciences education. She has organized several conferences that brought together academics who teach at university colleges in the Netherlands and abroad on Rethinking liberal education: Contemporary challenges and opportunities (June 2013), Liberal arts and sciences education and core texts in the European context (September 2015) http://www.auc.nl/shared-content/news/news/2015/09/liberal-arts-sciences-core-texts-conference-success.html, and Caring for souls: Can core texts educate character (October 2019) https://www.unav.edu/web/instituto-core-curriculum/congreso-europeo-actc/home. Emma is an active member of the University Colleges Academics Network Netherlands (www.ucann.nl).