Tanisha M Fazal

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Tanisha Fazal is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarship focuses on sovereignty, international law, and armed conflict. Fazal’s current research analyzes the effect of improvements in medical care in conflict zones on the long-term costs of war. She is the author of State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation (Princeton University Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Conflict Processes Section. Her second book, Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press. Her work has also appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Daedalus, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Review and Security Studies. She has been a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University. In 2002 she was awarded the Helen Dwight Reid Award of the American Political Science Association.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2001.
  • A.B.: Social Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1994.

Curriculum Vitae


  • International security; armed conflict; laws of war; sovereignty; military medicine
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (Forthcoming 2018). Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict. Cornell University Press.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2017). Rebellion, War Aims, and the Laws of War. Daedalus, 146, Link
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2016). An Occult of Irrelevance? Multi-Method Research and Engagement with the Policy World. Security Studies, 25, 34-41.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M, Greene, Brooke C. (2015). A Particular Difference: European Identity and Civilian Targeting. British Journal of Political Science, 45, 829-851.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2014). Dead Wrong? Battle Deaths, Military Medicine, and Exaggerated Reports of War’s Demise. International Security, 39, 95-125.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M, Ryan Griffiths (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review, 16, 79-106.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2013). The Demise of Peace Treaties in Interstate War. International Organization, 67, 695-724.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2012). Why States No Longer Declare War. Security Studies, 21, 557-593.
  • Fazal, Tanisha M (2007). State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Annexation, and Occupation. Princeton University Press.
  • • 2017 Best non-Student Paper Award, International Law Section, International Studies Association
  • • 2011 Graduate Student Advising Award Columbia University Political Science Graduate Students Association
  • • 2008 Best Book Award, Conflict Processes Section, American Political Science Association
  • • Helen Dwight Reid Award of the American Political Science Association for the Best Dissertation in International Relations, Law and Politics submitted in 2001 or 2002