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Tazreena Sajjad Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Contact
Send email to Tazreena Sajjad
(202) 885-6572 (Office)
SIS - School of International Service
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Degrees
PhD and MA, SIS, American University, Washington D.C.

BA, Political Science and International Studies, Macalester College, MN.

Bio
Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Senior 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 and forced displacement, post-conflict governance, and gender and conflict. Sajjad's recent publications include 'Refugees Welcome? The Politics of Repatriation and Return in a Global Era of Security: The Rohingyas in Bangladesh' in Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge' (Manchester University Press, 2020), 'In Search of Imperfect Justice: Genocidal Rape and the Legacy of Nuremberg and Tokyo' in The Nuremberg War Crime Trial and its Policy Consequences Today (2020), 'What’s in a name? "Refugees," "Migrants" and the Politics of Labelling,' in the Journal of Race and Class (2018). Her current research projects include examining the role of fortifications against irregular migrant flows, and refugee reception in the Global South. Prior to joining SIS, Tazreena 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 first book, Transitional Justice in South Asia: A Study of Afghanistan and Nepal was published in 2013. She currently serves as an advisor to Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN).
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Spring 2020

  • SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res

  • SISU-340 Topics in Global Inequalty/Dev: Migration and Development

  • SISU-370 Topics Just/Ethics/Human Rgts: After War: Rebuilding States

Fall 2020

  • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: No Home, No Refuge

  • SIS-712 Adv Topic Glbl Govrn Pol & Sec: Refugees, Migration & Traffick

  • SISU-310 Topics Peace/Glb Sec/Con Res: Gender and Conflict

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching 2020.
  • Brady Tyson Award for Excellence in Work Related to Human Rights, 2011.  
  • SIS Dissertation Fellowship, 2009.
  • Abdul Aziz Said Scholarship, 2008.
  • Fellowship, Institute for Inclusive Security, 2008. 

Media Appearances

  • How Refugees are Especially Vulnerable to COVID_19, SIS in the News, 2020.
  • Where Do Refugees Go? SIS Big World Productions, 2020.
  • Refugees and Covid_19, Medium, May 2020.
  • An Interview About Rohingya Refugees, Asia Experts Forum, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, 2018.
  • Confronting the Refugee Crisis, SIS in the News, 2018.
  • #PartitionAt70: The roots of discrimination against Bangladesh's Biharis, Al Jazeera International, 2017.
  • Confronting the Refugee Crisis, SIS in the News, AU, 2017.
  • Between the Secular and the Sacred, interview with Voice of America, 2015.
  • Q&A: Deconstructing the Chaos in Bangladesh, Al-Jazeera International,  May 31, 2013.
  • Bangladesh War Crimes Trials Stir Old Tensions, The Current, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, March 11, 2013.
  • Bangladesh's Rising Voices, The Stream, Al-Jazeera International, February 19, 2013.
  • Peace at All Costs, Stars and Stripes: US Military News Source, 2010.
  • Reintergration and Reconciliation with the Taliban, Voice of America, 2010.

Professional Presentations

  • Once We Were Refugees: Refugees, Security, Solidarity and a View from the Global South, ISA, 2020. 
  • Saviors or Sinners? The Criminalization & Policing of Humanitarianism in Europe’s Refugee ‘Crisis,’ ISA, 2020. 
  • The March to Helms Deep: Borders, Walls and Fences as Security in an Era of Complex Migration, IAD, Cornell University, 2019.
  • Solidarity, Security and a View from the South: The Politics of Migrant Reception in the Global South, APSA, 2019.
  • Rohingyas and the World’s Displaced: Why Should We Care? Jalal Memorial Lecture, UMass, Boston, 2019.
  • Nationalism and Identity Politics in the Indian Ocean, Georgetown University, 2018.
  • Rethinking State Security, Decolonizing International Relations Conference, Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2018.
  • A Global Refugee Crisis: Through Refugees’ Eyes Summit, SIS, American University, 2017.
  • Peace, Refugees and Syria: A Teach-In, SIS, American University, 2016.                    
  • A Global Refugee Crisis, UN Human Rights Week, UN Foundation, 2016.
  • Women and Electoral Violence, IFES and American University, 2016.  
  • Between the Secular and the Sacred (with Anders Hardig), Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2015.        
  • Justice in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocities, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, WCL, American University, 2013.
  • Elections Through Her Eyes: Women's Empowerment, Inclusion & the Electoral Process, IFES and American University, 2013.
  • The Challenges for Dhaka City in the 21st Century, M-RSI, US Inter Agency Collaboration Conference, Washington D.C., 2013.
  • Analytic Exchange on Bangladesh, Bureau of Intelligence, US State Department and the National Intelligence Council, Washington D.C., 2013.
  • Understanding Shahbag: Bangladesh at Another Crossroads, CUNY 2013.
  • Gendering the Ballot Box: Electoral Violence and Women, ISA, 2013.
  • Into Thin Air: Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh, Politics & Human Rights in South Asia, NYU, 2012.
  • Voices in the Shadows: Power, Participation and Exclusion in Transitional Justice, ISA, San Diego, 2012.
  • Conducting Human Rights Research in Conflict Zones, Human Rights Week, AU, 2011.
  • Gender, Disability, and Conflict: Dialogues for Inclusion, Human Rights Week, AU, 2010.
  • Dimensions of Inclusion: Implementing UNSCR 1325, UNIFEM, UN, NY, 2010.
  • Women in the Mix? Operationalizing Gender in Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Afghanistan, ISA, 2010.
  • Presentation of Peace At All Costs: Reintegration and Reconciliation with the Taliban, US State Department, 2010.

Work In Progress

  • Insecurity, Obscurity, Hypervisibility: A Critical Examination of Walls, Fences and Restrictions in the Era of Complex Migration.
  • Once We Were Refugees: Rohingya Reception in Bangladesh.

 

Research Interests

Refugees, Forced Displacement, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Governance (with a focus on elections, Rule of Law, DDR, PMCs), Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • SIS Dean's Summer Research Award 2019.
  • SIS Dean's Summer Research Award (with Anders Hardig) 2015.
  • Bridging the Gaps: A New Framework for Gender and Electoral Violence, USAID-CMM grant with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), 2012-2016.
  • Peace At All Costs? Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, 2010
  • SIS Dissertation Fellowship, SIS American University, 2009-2010. 
  • Fellowship, Institute for Inclusive Security, 2008. 

Selected Publications

  • "In Search of Imperfect Justice: Genocidal Rape and the Legacy of Nuremberg and Tokyo," in The Nuremberg War Crime Trial and its Policy Consequences Today, 2020.
  • "Refugees Welcome? The Politics of Repatriation and Return in a Global Era of Security: The Rohingyas in Bangladesh," in Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge, 2020.
  • "What's in a Name? 'Migrants,' 'Refugees' and the Politics of Labelling," in Race and Class, 2018
  • "Too Many Enemies: Mobilization, Marginalization and Political Violence" (co-authored with Dr. Carl Anders Hardig) in The Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, 2016 
  • "Heavy Hands, Helping Hands, Holding Hands: The Politics of Exclusion in Victims' Networks in Nepal," in The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2016 
  • "Political-Social Movements: Community-Based: Afghanistan," in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Brill, 2014
  • Transitional Justice in South Asia: A Study of Afghanistan and Nepal, Routledge, 2013.
  • "Women and Peace Processes," in Women and Wars, (with Julie Mertus and Malathi de Alwis) (ed) Carol Cohn, Polity Press 2013.
  • "Rape on Trial? The Promise of International Jurisprudence, the Perils of Retributive Justice and the Realities of Impunity" in Rape: Instrument of War and Genocide (eds). John Roth and Carol Rittner, Paragon House 2012.   
  • " The War on Terror Through a Feminist Lens,"  in Human Rights in the 21st Century: Continuity and Change since 9/11 (co-authored with Julie Mertus), (eds). Michael Goodhart and Anja Mihr, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 
  • "These Spaces in Between: The AIHRC and Its Work on Transitional Justice," The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol 3, Oxford University Press, 2009.   
  • "Post-Genocidal Trauma and its Impact on Women in Genocide" in The Plight and Fate of Women During and Following Genocide, Vol 7. (ed). Sam Totten, Transaction Publishers, CA 2009.     

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

Migration, refugees, asylum, wall-building, immigration restrictions, refugee reception in developing countries and in Europe, Rohingya, war crimes, crimes against humanity, post-conflict justice, Bangladesh

Additional Information

Tazreena Sajjad is a professor of refugees and migration studies, statebuilding after war, post-conflict justice, and gender and conflict. She can comment on the issues related to hardening of refugee admissions and asylum policies in the US and Europe, including the phenomenon of wall-building, refugee reception in countries of the Global South, refugee experiences in transit and camps, as well as address questions around how to rebuild states in the aftermath of war and women's experiences in war and peace. Her current research projects focus on the phenomenon of building walls in response to irregular migration (migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers) in Europe and elsewhere, and the politics of refugee reception in the case of the Rohingya in Bangladesh. Her recent publications include “What’s in a name? ‘Refugees’, ‘migrants’ and the politics of labelling in the Journal of Race and Class” (2018), “Refugees Welcome? The Politics of Repatriation and Return in a Global Era of Security: The Rohingyas in Bangladesh' in Displacement: Global Conversations on Refuge'” (forthcoming), “In Search of Imperfect Justice: Genocidal Rape and the Legacy of Nuremberg and Tokyo' in The Nuremberg War Crime Trial and its Policy Consequences Today” (forthcoming). Prof. Sajjad is an advisor to Refugee Solidarity Network. She has appeared on Al-Jazeera (print and TV), Stars and Stripes, CBC, Voice of America, and national television programs and print media in Bangladesh. She is available for print, online, radio, and television interviews.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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