Nicole Cochran is a Senior Program Specialist in Governance, Justice and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In this role, she provides research, programmatic, and operational support to programs in preventive diplomacy and security sector reform.
While at William & Mary, Nicole interned twice through Professor Warren’s Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. During her first summer of law school, she researched land law and assessed the effects of land titling efforts and large-scale concessions on land rights for Open Development Cambodia. She later worked as a summer research assistant for the U.S. Institute of Peace, researching internal security law and hybrid community policing models for the Justice and Security Dialogues Program.
After graduating from law school, she obtained a LL.M. at McGill University with a concentration in comparative law, particularly focusing on indigenous constitutionalism. She also holds a master’s in public policy from William & Mary and is an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.