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Photo of Dr. Barney CochranDr. Barnett Cochran
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B. Barnett Cochran earned his B.S. from Asbury College in 1984, his M.A. from Emory University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from Emory in 1997. He came to MVNU in 1999 after serving as an assistant professor at Concord College in West Virginia. His major field of study is Early Modern Europe, with additional interests in the History of Science and in Islamic Civilization.

Courses he has taught for the department include: Renaissance and Reformation, History of Modern Britain, The Emergence of Modern Europe, History of the Islamic World, and a special topics course on the history of Utopian thought. He also teaches a Core Conversations course for the Honors Program. A lifelong student, Dr. Cochran has enjoyed opportunities to study Islamic Civilization in Jordan with the Council of Independent Colleges (2004) and at Colorado College with the National Endowment for the Humanities (2004). He has also studied the ancient poet Homer with the Council of Independent Colleges at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C (2006).

Dr. Cochran's research field is Scottish Enlightenment studies. He has explored issues of national identity, moral and political philosophy and the social relations of science in the eighteenth century. Publications include "Enlightenment and its Discontents: Robert Wallace and Rousseau on the Republic of Virtue." in France and Scotland in the Enlightenment, ed. Deidre Dawson & Pierre Morere, 284-304, Bucknell University Press (2004); and "Robert Wallace." in the New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press (2004).

Dr. Cochran loves soccer, old movies and Walker Percy novels. He would enjoy a pleasant round of golf were it not for a persistent and dangerous slice. He and his wife Mary remain busy raising three sons, Joseph, Johnson and Benjamin.

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