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Tazreena Sajjad

International Relations

Dr. Tazreena Sajjad serves as Professorial Lecturer in the Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) Program in the School of International Service (SIS) at American University in Washington D.C. Her areas of specialization include transitional justice, refugees, forced displacement, statelessness, post-conflict governance, gender and conflict, and social movements in south Asia. Currently, her research projects examine the politics of labelling in Europe's refugee 'crisis' and the rise and dynamics of political Islam in Bangladesh (the latter with Dr. Carl Anders Hardig). Her other research interests include the role of private military companies in post-conflict contexts, forced displacement and unaccompanied minors, and the increasing securitization and criminalization of migration. Prior to joining SIS, Dr. Sajjad worked in the Afghanistan program at Global Rights in Afghanistan, and in the South Asia program at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). She has also served as a research consultant at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) in Kabul, Afghanistan, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Washington D.C. and the Berghof Foundation, in Berlin, Germany. Her most recent articles include "Heavy Hands, Helping Hands, Holding Hands: The Politics of Exclusion in Victims' Networks in Nepal" and "Too Many Enemies: Mobilization, Marginalization and Political Violence" (co-authored with Dr. Carl Anders Hardig). Her book "Transitional Justice in South Asia: A Study of Afghanistan and Nepal" was published in 2013.


PhD and MA, SIS, American University, Washington D.C. BA, Political Science and International Studies, Macalester College, MN. International Baccalaureate, Red Cross Nordic United World College, Norway.

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