August 30, 2013
Social Scientists Seek New Ways to Influence Public Policy
Courtesy Dara Kay Cohen
As conflicts in Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have brought public attention to the problem of mass rapes, Dara Kay Cohen has fielded calls from the news media, advocacy groups, and think tanks about the policy implications of her research.
But public interest in her studies of sexual violence during war presents a challenge: Her research doesn't offer the neat and tidy answers that policy makers and pundits seek.
"I'm trained to pitch a general