Tanisha Fazal



Regular Faculty - Associate Professor


Co-Director, Notre Dame International Security Program

Faculty Advisor, Women in International Security

Faculty Fellow, Center for Civil and Human Rights


International Relations


Harvard University (B.A.)

Stanford University (Ph.D.)

Research and Teaching Interests

Interstate conflict, civil war, international law, sovereignty


Tanisha Fazal is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her scholarship focuses on the relationship between sovereignty and international law.  Fazal’s current research analyzes the strategic use of international law, particularly the law of armed conflict, as well as the changing benefits of becoming a state.  Additional research focuses on the development of the laws of war, including international humanitarian law, and the relationship between public opinion and armed conflict.  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 work has also appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, 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. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, she taught classes on civil war, territorial conflict, research design, and the laws of war at Columbia University

Office Hours

Spring Semester: Tuesday 8:45 am- 11:45 pm

Contact Information

Office: 310A Hesburgh Center
Phone: 574-631-6970
Fax: 574-631-4405
Email: tfazal@nd.edu

Mailing Address

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
100 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Fazal CV