Shaul Ephraim Cohen

Department of Geography
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1251
(541) 346-4500


Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, 2002 -.
Co-Director, Peace Studies Program, 2005 -.
Director, Carnegie Global Oregon Learning Community, 2011 -.
Chair, UO Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Steering Committee, 2012 -.

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Fall 1996-2002.

Director, Middle East Studies Program, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1994 - Spring, 1996.

Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, George Washington U., Spring, 1996, 1993-94.

Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, Summer 1995.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, Spring, 1994-1995.

Research Fellow, Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1991-1993.

Adjunct Lecturer, Rothberg School For Overseas Students, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1991-1992.

Coordinator, Geography and Environment Workshop, The Council For Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Chicago, 1987-1988.

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 1991. Thesis title: The Politics of Planting: Israeli-Palestinian Competition for Control of Land in the Jerusalem Periphery.

M.A., The University of Chicago, 1987, Department of Geography. Thesis title: The Sinai Peninsula in the Twentieth Century: From Terra Nullius to Terra Contentionus.

B.A., Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1983.

Publications - Refereed

Cohen, S.  2004.  Planting Nature:  Trees and the Manipulation of Environmental Stewardship in America.  Berkeley:  University of California Press.

Cohen, S.  1993.  The Politics of Planting:  Israeli-Palestinian Competition for Control of Land in the Jerusalem Periphery.  University of Chicago Press.

Articles and Book Chapters

Cohen, S.  2011.  "Environmentalism Deferred:  Nationalisms and Israeli/Palestinian Imaginaries," pp. 246-264 in D. Davis and E. Burke eds., Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East: History, Policy, Power & Practice, University of Ohio Press.

Cohen, S.  2010.  "Revisiting Territorial Pragmatism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict."  Eurasian Geography and Economics 51(6):733-743.

Cohen, S. and Frank, D.  2009.  "Innovative Approaches to Territorial Conflicts:  Using Principles of Riparian Conflict Management."  Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(5):948-955.

 Cohen, S.  2007.  "Winning While Losing:  The Apprentice Boys of Derry Walk Their Beat."  Political Geography 26(8):951-967.

Cohen, S.   2006.  “Israel’s West Bank Barrier:  An Impediment to Peace?” Geographical Review, 96(4):682-695.

Shresta, N., Cohen, S., Lewis, M., and McDonald, M.  2006.  “The Geography of Asia,” in G. Gaile and C. Wilmott, eds., Geography in America at the Dawn of the 21st Century, Oxford Press.  (Cohen as sole author of Southwest Asia section).

Cohen, S., and Frank, D.  2002.   “Jerusalem and the Riparian Conflict Simile,” Political Geography 21(6):745-765.

Cohen, S.  2002.  “As a City Besieged:  Place, Zionism, and the Deforestation of Jerusalem,” Environment and Planning D:  Society and Space  20(2):209-230.  

Cohen, S.  2000.  “An Absence of Place:  Expectation and Realization in the West Bank,” pp. 283-303 in A. Murphy and D. Johnson, eds.  Cultural Encounters with the Environment:  Enduring and Evolving Geographic Themes.  Rowmann and Littlefield.

Cohen, S.  1999.  “Promoting Eden:  Tree Planting as the Environmental Panacea,” Ecumene, 6(4):424-446.

Cohen, S.  1994.  “Greenbelts in London and Jerusalem,” Geographical Review, 84(1):75-89.


Other Publications

Cohen, S.  1999.  “The Aggressive Nature of Planting,” pp 210-224 in A. Alon et al., eds.  Trees, Earth, and Torah, Jewish Publication Society.

Cohen, S. 1998. “Terra Sancta:  Maps, Politics, and History,” Mercator’s World, 3(5):16-21.

Cohen, S. 1995-98. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, over twenty entries on Middle Eastern Geography and Politics.

Cohen, S. 1993. “West Bank Village Planning,” International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva.

Book Reviews

Atlas of the Conflict:  Israel-Palestine.  M. Shoshan, in The Arab World Geographer 15(1):91-93, 2012.

Overthrowing Geography: Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and the Struggle for Palestine, 1880-1948
.  M. Levine, in Geographical Review 97(3):430-432, 2007.

Political Geography:  A Reader J. Agnew, ed., in Ecumene 6(4):483-484, 1999.

Ethnic Frontiers and Peripheries:  Landscapes of Development and Inequality in Israel O. Yiftachel and A. Meir, eds., in Geographical Review 88(3):458-459, 1998.

Rivers of Discord:  International Water Disputes in the Middle East G. Shapland, in The Middle East Journal, 52(4):626-627, 1998.

The Politics of Jerusalem Since 1967 M. Dumper, in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, volume 558:227-229, 1998.

The Mosaic of Israeli Geography Y. Gradus and Y. Lipshitz, eds., in Progress in Human Geography, 21(4):603:604, 1997.


Editorial Board, Microsoft Encarta Yearbook, 1996 - 2004.

Content Expert, Middle East Section, Microsoft Encarta, the Microsoft Corporation, 1993- .

West Bank Regional Planning Analyst, International Committee of the Red Cross, Jerusalem, 1991-1992.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations, Global Ethics Fellowship, 2011-2014.

"The Pragmatics of Peace Making:  Lessons From the Streets of Northern Ireland," grant from the Savage Endowment for International Relations and Peace, 2008, 2009, 2011.

"Northern Ireland in Transition," grant from the Northwest Institute on Conflict Resolution, 2008.

Faculty Perspectives Seminar Grant, University of Oregon, 2005-2007.

Williams Seminar Grant, University of Oregon, 2004.

Summer Research Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2004.

Rippey Fellowship for Innovative Teaching, University of Oregon, 2003-2008.

Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, Rockefeller Program's 'Ecological Conversations:  Gender, Science and the Sacred' Research Fellowship, 2001.

University of Oregon Humanities Center Fellowship, 2000.

Alfred D. Bell Fellowship, Forest History Society, 1999, 2000.

The Newberry Library, Chicago, Short-term Residential Fellowship, 1999.

Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, Advanced Research Grant, 1991-1992.

The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Truman Fellow, 1988-1989, Research Support Grant, 1990-1991.

The MacArthur Foundation, Council for Advanced Studies in Peace and International Cooperation, MacArthur Fellow, 1988, 1989-1990.

Urban Settlement In the Developing World; Population and Settlement; Population and Environment; Geography of Africa; Geography of the Middle East; Water Resources; Water Policy and Politics; Urban Social Geography; Urbanization and Suburbanization; Political Geography; Political Geography of the Middle East; Cultural Geography; Global Environmental Change; Tree and Forest in the Human Experience; Cultural Landscapes of the Middle East; Zero Sum Conflict (CRES program); Northern Ireland in Transition (Honors College); Post-conflict Transformation (Inside-Out)
 Graduate Seminars on Tree and Forest in the Human Experience; Regional Development; Population and Natural Resources;  Nature and Domination in Western Traditions; Geography, Ethics & Democracy; Geography of War and Peace; Geographies of Incarceration

ACADEMIC SUPERVISION ( principal advisor for theses completed)

-McLees, Leslie.  "Understanding the Urban:  The Role of Open Space Agriculture in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania."  2012
-Joshi, Shangrila.   "Justice, Development and India's Climate Politics:  A Postcolonial Political Ecology of the Atmospheric Commons."  2011
-Hommel, Demian.  "Placing Risk:  The News Media and Geopolitics in Southeast Asia." 2009
-Baldwin, Jeff.  “Geographic Wealth:  Re-conceiving Human Relations With Society and Our Environment.”  2004
-Leiserowitz, Anthony.  “Global Climate Change:  Risk Perceptions and Policy Preferences.” (ESSP) 2003
-Evered, Kyle.  “Romancing the Region:  Mapping the Discursive Terrains in Turkish Constructs of a ‘Turk Dunyasi,’ 1990-2000.” (co-chair with A. Murphy) 2002
-Bjarneson, Stefan.  “Lawn and Order:  Gated Communities and Social Interaction in Dana Point, California.” 2000

-Miller, Patrick.  "Return to the Motherland:  Scripting Place and Identity Construction in Korean Adoptees."  2013
-Donish, Cassandra.  "Geographies of Art and Urban Change:  Contesting Gentrification Through Aesthetic Encounters in San Francisco's Mission District."  2013
-McAfee, Heather. "Identity-Making and 'Home':  Resettlement of Post2003 Iraqi Refugees in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas." 2012
-Dwyer, Kathleen.  "Impacts of Structural Violence on Honduran-U.S. Migration." 2012 (Conflict Resolution Program)
-Lynch, Megan.  "When Cities Erupt:  The Impacts of Rioting in the United States and Northern Ireland."  2011 (Conflict Resolution Program)
-Khan, Mahmoud. "Genocide, Territory, and the Geopolitics of International Adjudication:  The Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Servia and Montenegro." 2011 (co-chair with Alec Murphy).
-Fischetti, Diana.  "Building Resistance From Home:  EcoVillage as a Model for Sustainable Living."  2008
-Fox, Samuel.  "Collaborative Complexity, Power and Place." 2007
-Rudestam, Kirsten.  "Facing Water Scarcity: A Study of Risk Perception, Identity, and Sense of Place in the Pacific Northwest."  2006 (Environmental Studies)
-Sakrejda, Krzysztof.  “Placing Genetic Resources Conservation on Social Foundations:  An Analysis of History and Ideology in the National Plant Germplasm System.” 2005 (Environmental Studies)
-Hommel, Demian.  “Continuity and Change:  Territoriality in a Thai National Park.”    2004
-Plank, Alexandra.  “National Organic Standards and Implications for Local Food Production.”  2003
-McClenachan, Loren.  “Abundance and Blame:  The Case of the California Sea Lion and Salmon.”  2002 (Environmental Studies)
-Plummer, Jonathan.  “The Waters of the Edwards Aquifer, South Central Texas:  Perception and Policy.” 2000 (Environmental Studies)
-Ferrate, Andres.  “Development Collides:  Hydroelectric Power and Commercial Whitewater Rafting on the Rio Reventazon, Costa Rica.” 1997

Honors College Theses Supervised
-Parrot Halpern, Naomi. 2012  (Geography)
-Bailey, Madeline.  "Beyond the Walls:  From Political Imprisonment to Peace Building in Northern Ireland."  2011 (International Studies)
-Mitchell, Heath.  "Obstacles and Opportunities in Bilingual Bi-national Education in Israel."  2011 (International Studies)
-Baerman, Cari.  "The Troubles of Northern Ireland:  An Armed Campaign and the Alternative Path of Nonviolence."  2010 (International Studies)
-Henneck, Alisyn. "Kicking Out Sectarianism Through Sport:  Community Integration in Northern Ireland."  2010 (International Studies)
-Wunder, McCailin.  "Community Art in Northern Ireland:  Murals in a Conflict and Post-conflict Society."  2009 (International Studies)
-Marcus, Alexandra. "The Apprentice Boys of Derry:  Parading and the Mitigation of Loss in Derry."  2006 (Geography)

-Global Oregon Graduate Awards Committee 2011-.
-Director of Forensics Search Committee 2012.
-University Senate Committee on Committees 2010-2012.
-President's Distinguished Scholarship Advisory Group 2010- .
-Coordinator of Departmental Development 2010- .
-Director of Academic Advising Search Committee 2010.
-Oregon Humanities Center Executive Committee 2009- .
-University Senate, 2005-2007 (Executive Committee 2005-2007), 1999-2001.
-Provost's Advisory Council 2006-2007.
-Savage Committee 2006-2008.
-Morse Committee 2006-2007.
-Faculty Advisory Council, 2001-2003, Chair 2002-2003.
-Internal Comprehensive Campaign Advisory Committee, 2002-2003.
-Vice-Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Search Committee, 2003.
-Johnson Award Committee (Ex-Officio), 2003.
-Distinguished Service Committee (Ex-Officio), 2003.
-Judaic Studies Program Executive Committee, 2001 -2008.
-Member, Rockefeller Committee, "Ecological Conversations: Gender, Science, and the Sacred," 1999.
-Member, Judaic Studies Committee, Savage Fellowship sub-committee on the Middle East, 1997-98.

-Board Member, Middle East Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 2003-3004, Co-Chair 2010-2012.
-Director, Middle East Section, Asia Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, 1998-2000 .
-Coordinator, Environment and Development Track, International Development Studies Graduate Program, George Washington University, 1995.
-Review of Undergraduate Capstone Course, Department of Geography, George Mason University, Fairfax, 1994, 1995.
-Library Acquisitions Committee, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1995


            “Breaking Place, Making Place:  Creating a Blended Classroom Within Prison Walls.”  Association of American Geographers, 2011
“Violence as Function and Dysfunction in Contested Cities.”  Divided Cities Conference, Queens University, Belfast.  2011
“Ritualized Resistance:  The Choreography of Anti-parades in Derry/Londondery Northern Ireland.”  Association of American Geographers, 2010.
“Peace in Small Places: Moving Toward Resolution of Territorial Disputes.”  Association of American Geographers, 2009
“Tree Planting in America:  Reality and Rhetoric.”  Plenary Lecture, International Society of Arboriculture, 2008
“Territory, Taboos and Transgressions: Space and Place in a New Northern Ireland.”  Association of American Geographers, 2008

“Northern Irish Pivot: Parading From Contention to Peace?”  Association of American Geographers, 2007
 “Borrowing Space:  Urban Marches and the Hinge of Northern Ireland.”  Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 2006
“Negotiating Territory:  Northern Ireland and the Riparian Simile.”  Association of American Geographers, 2005
“Obstacles on the Way to Israel/Palestine.”  Department of Geography, Rutgers University, 2004
“Foreign Policy Failures in the Middle East.” Center for Middle East Studies, Brigham Young University, 2003
“Whither Jerusalem, and Northern Ireland Too.” School for International Studies, Brigham Young University, 2003
“Trees, Gramsci, and the Perfect World.” Association of American Geographers, 2003
“Much Ado About Carbon.” The Center for the Study of Women in Society, Ecological Conversations, 2001
“Planting Nature.” The Oregon Humanities Center, 2000
“The Disappearing Geography of Southwest Asia/The Middle East.” Association of American Geographers, 2000
"Trees, Environment, and the Seduction of Culture." Annual Meetings of the International Society of Arboriculture, 1998.
"Tree and Forest in the Human Experience." Mesa Verde Colloquium on EcoCriticism and Literature, University of Oregon. 1997.
"Forestry in Israel: New Challenges in an Old Land." Society of American Foresters, Emerald Valley Division, 1997.
"Ethnic Diversity in the Middle East." Willamette University, 1997.
"Tree Planting As the Global Panacea." Portland State University, 1997.
"Jerusalem As a Riparian Issue." Willamette University, 1996.
"Dividing the Spoiled: Competition and Conflict In a Shrinking World." University of Oregon, 1996.
"Economic Development, Politics, and Sovereignty: The Evolving Threshold of Palestinian Statehood." Association of American Geographers, 1996.
"Core and Periphery: The Flow of Islam." George Washington University, 1996.
"Urbanization, Agriculture, and Politics." Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C., 1995.
"Politicized Infrastructure: Development Lessons From the West Bank and Gaza." Society for International Development, Washington, D.C., 1995.
"The Tyranny of Demography: Urban Ethnic Conflict and the Gerrymander." Association of American Geographers, 1995.
National Science Foundation, Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, "Geographical Perspectives on Democratization Workshop," 1994.
"The Land Component of Urban and Rural Development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip." NE/DR, U.S.A.I.D., 1994.
"Donor Opportunities and Obstacles for Palestinian Self-rule." U.S.A.I.D. Occupied Territories Task Force, 1994.
"Problems and Prospects in Devolving Control of State Land." The Association of American Geographers, 1994.
"Abstract Sovereignty and Territorial Cession, The Take and Give of Negotiated Delimitation." Political Geography Specialty Group and the IGU Commission on the World Political Map, University of Oregon, Eugene, 1994.
"Sustainable Limits and the Israeli/Palestinian Economy." Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 1994.
"The Geography and Ethnography of Islamic Lands." George Washington U., 1994.

Progress in Human Geography, Forest and Conservation History, Journal of Historical Geography, Geographical Review, Political Geography, Landscape Journal, Journal of Cultural Geography, Middle East Journal, Law & Society Review, Rutger's University Press, Carnegie Foundation, Routledge Press, Rowman and Littlefield Press, Prentice Hall.

National Science Foundation, Oregon Water Resource Research Institute

Association of American Geographers
American Geographical Society
Middle East Studies Association