Joseph Cochran

Joseph Cochran
285E Fretwell
MA in Liberal Studies, 2008, UNC Charlotte
Research Interest: 
Joe's research interest focuses on Energy Policy, specifically Alternative Energy, Environmental Policy, Global Climate Change, Education Policy, Science Education, Justice Policy, and Sentencing.
When did you graduate?: 
December 2015

Current ResearchJoe's current projects are his dissertation which deals with Renewable Portfolio Standards and a paper with Dr. Beth Bjerregaard which deals with capital punishment issues. 

Dissertation Title:  Factors Determining RPS Design, Implementation and Outcomes:  Who Influences These Decisions and are the Outcomes Efficient?
Teaching Interests:
  • Research Methods
  • Criminal Justice


  • MA in Liberal Studies (2008)
  • MA in Ethics and Applied Philosophy (2008)

Recent Publications:

  • Schwarz, P. & Cochran, J.A. (2012).  Renaissance or Requiem: Is Nuclear Energy Cost Effective in a Post-Fukushima World?  Contemporary Economic Policy.
  • Bjerregaard, B. & Cochran, J.A. (2012).  The Role of School-Related Binding Factors and Gender: Correlates of Gang Membership Among Adolescents.  Women and Criminal Justice 22 (1): 30-53.

Conferences Attended:

  • Joseph Cochran, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  "An Assessment of the Effect of Rare Events on Nuclear Energy Power Production: Managing Risks for a Carbon-Neutral Future." Presented at SECOPA 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Joseph Cochran, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  "Utilizing Public Data to Determine Demand & Opportunities for Consolidating Nonprofit Organization.  Presented at ARNOVA 2011, Toronto, Canada.

Biographical Information: A native of Charlotte, NC, Joseph Cochran finished his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill in 1999.  After 9/11, he went into the US Navy, where he served honorably.  After receiving his honorable discharge, he enrolled in UNC Charlotte in a graduate program in Liberal Studies and, when it become available, a graduate program in Ethics and Applied Philosophy.  After receiving both of his master degrees, he then joined the PhD program of Public Policy in January 2009.