Areas of expertise: Sovereignty and international law; civil wars, international humanitarian law, research methods

Tanisha Fazal is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Associate Director of the Notre Dame International Security Center.

Fazal’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between sovereignty and international law. Her current research analyzes the strategic use of international law, particularly the law of armed conflict. Additional research focuses on the development of the laws of war, including international humanitarian law, and the effect of improvements in military medicine on the long-term costs of war.

Fazal 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 work also has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science,Daedalus, International Organization, International Security,International Studies Review and Security Studies. She has served as 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.