Tanisha Fazal is a 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 Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association’s Conflict Processes Section, and Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict (Cornell University Press), which won the Best Book Award of the International Studies Association's International Law Section and the American Political Science Association's International Collaboration Section. Her work has also appeared in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Daedalus, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Review, International Studies Quarterly, and Security Studies.
A frequent commentator on international relations and foreign affairs, 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. From 2021-2023, she is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.
- Ph.D.: Political Science, Stanford University, 2001
- A.B.: Social Studies, Harvard University, 1994
- International security
- Armed conflict
- Laws of war
- Military medicine