Tracey P Blasenheim

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Political Science .
1414 SocSci

267 19th Ave S

I am a predoctoral fellow with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, a visiting research fellow at the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Center, and a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of international law and security studies. Through multi-method, qualitative fieldwork research I explore how sites such as military lawyers and 'body counting' techniques reveal links between two defining characteristics of global affairs in the 21st century: ‘forever wars’ and legalization in world politics.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: Political Science, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2008.

Curriculum Vitae


  • international security
  • international law
  • the law of armed conflict
  • critical security studies
  • the politics of expertise
  • national security law and policy
  • just war theory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Graduate Student Life Co-Chair: Co-Chair of the Political Science Graduate Student Organization , 06/01/16 - 05/31/17
  • Minnesota International Relations Colloquium Organizer: 06/01/15 - 05/31/17
  • Council of Graduate Students Representative for Political Science: 06/01/15 - 05/31/16


  • UMN Human Rights Lab Strategic Partnership Grant: Grant to conduct research on global trends in legal training for militaries. Conducted in partnership with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, 06/01/19 - 09/01/20
  • UMN Human Rights Lab Grant: Conducted collaborative field research at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, 04/01/18 - 06/31/18
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship, 07/01/19 - 07/01/20
  • University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, 09/01/18 - 08/31/19
  • Andrew Dickinson Memorial Fellowship, 05/01/18 - 08/30/18