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.
Posts by Tanisha Fazal
- The World’s Newest War in the World’s Newest State, January 6, 2014.
- The Long Road to Statehood, September 11, 2012.
- Atop the Sovereignty Bubble, August 14, 2012.
- Measles, Ukraine, and Civil War: The Missing Links, July 22, 2019.
- How Norms Die, March 13, 2017.
- The US Won’t Declare War on ISIS, September 16, 2014.
- The Reports of War’s Demise Have Been Somewhat Exaggerated, September 8, 2014.
- The VA Scandal: One Hypothesis, June 6, 2014.
- What Would Happen if the US Declared War? September 6, 2013.
- Things to Do This Weekend: Washington DC Edition, September 20, 2012.