Netta Cohen

Netta Cohen

Netta Cohen is a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church College, the University of Oxford. She has completed her doctoral degree in 2019 at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine (University of Oxford). Her DPhil dissertation addressed Jewish climate science in Palestine during the first half of the twentieth century. In the course of her doctoral studies, she received several scholarships and fellowships, including the Pears Foundation Scholarship, the Leo Baeck scholarship, the graduate research fellowship at the Center for Jewish History in New York City and a research affiliation at the Taub Center for Israel Studies in NYU. In 2018 she co-founded the online Oxford Environmental History Network (OEHN) which aims to connect researchers working on environmental history.

Essays

When did the discourse on climate change begin? How was it related to colonialism? And in what way did it serve political objectives in Israel/Palestine throughout the 20th century?

First, we must all remember our history and stop the blatant amnesia behind racial and power dynamics in our field…Women and enslaved persons were not a part of the founders’ initial understanding. The same is true for the founding identities of the Society of Biblical Literature.