Tazreena Sajjad Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service
- PhD and MA, SIS, American University, Washington D.C.
BA, Political Science and International Studies, Macalester College, MN.
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 publications include 'Hierarchies of Compassion: Ukrainian Refugees and the U.S. Response,' in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (2022), 'Once We Were Refugees: Security, Solidarity and a View from the Global South,' in the Journal of Refugee Studies (2022), 'Strategic Cruelty: Legitimizing Violence in the European Union's Border Regime,' in Global Studies Quarterly (2022), '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 Race and Class (2018).
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 for the International Rescue Committee, 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) and is a faculty affiliate of The Transatlantic Policy Center, The Immigration Lab, and The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at AU.
Dr. Sajjad is a 2020 recipient of the SIS William Cromwell Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2021 co-recipient of AU's Deputy Provost & Dean of Faculty’s Pilot Grant Award on an ongoing collaborative project on Welcoming and Potentializing the Skills of Afghan Refugees. She is the 2022 recipient of the American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)' Senior Fellowship for her current research on the politics of refugee reception in the Global South.
Dr. Sajjad has appeared on interviews with The Washington Post, Deutsche Welle, Al-Jazeera International, NPR, Australia’s ABC, Indus News, USA Today, À L'Orient-Le Jour, SIS Big World Podcast, and is a contributor to The Conversation.
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SISU-210 Peace, Global Sec & Conflt Res
CORE-105 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
HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course
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
SISU-394 Comm Service Learning Project
Partnerships & Affiliations
The Transatlantic Policy Center
Refugee Solidarity Network
The Immigration Lab
Antiracist Research & Policy Center
AU No Lost Generation Initiative
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) Senior Fellowship, 2022.
- William Cromwell Award for Outstanding Teaching 2020.
- Dean's Summer Research Award 2019, 2015.
- 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.
Gender and Politics in Afghanistan, Mary Washington University, 2021.
Afghanistan: What Happened, What Happens Next, Baruch College, 2021.
Walls, Violence and the Politics of Exclusion, American University 2021.
World Population Day, American University 2021.
Global Migration Patterns, Global Leadership Youth Program, 2021
SIS Panels Series: From Global to Local, 2021.
COVID- 19 in a Humanitarian Crisis: Effects on Refugees and Internally Displaced People in Syria and Yemen, Center for Humanitarian Law, 2020.
Global Insights: Refugees, Migration, and Borders, Balsillie School of International Affairs, 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.
What do we get wrong about Afghanistan? SIS Big World Productions, 2022
Where do Afghanistan's refugees go? The Conversation, 2021
Interview: Afghanistan, Scope, Indus News, 2021
Interview: Afghanistan, Religion and Ethics Report, Australian Broadcasting Cooperation, 2021
Interview: Afghanistan, This Morning with Henry Shinn, TBS eFM Radio, Seoul, 2021
Interview, Afghanistan, Deutsche Welle, 2021
Interview, Le calvaire des Afghans qui ont fui les talibans, L'Orient-Le Jour, 2021
Interview, Afghanistan, El Mercurio, 2021.
Bangladesh at 50: A nation created in violence and still bearing scars of a troubled birth, The Conversation, 2021
The military coup in Myanmar presents opportunities to Buddhist nationalists, (co-authoed with Anders Hardig), The Conversation, 2021
As Bangladesh hosts over a million Rohingya refugees, a scholar explains what motivated the country to open up its borders, The Conversation, 2020
- Travel Restrictions during COVID-19: How Are They Changing “Passport Privilege”? SIS in the News, 2020
- 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.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Refugees, Forced Displacement, Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Governance (with a focus on Rule of Law, DDR, PMCs), Gender, Conflict and Peacebuilding.
- "Strategic Cruelty: Legitimizing Violence in the European Union's Border Regime," in Global Studies Quarterly (2022).
- "Once We Were Refugees: Security, Solidarity, and a View from the Global South," in the Journal of Refugee Studies (2022).
- "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.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- AU's Deputy Provost & Dean of Faculty’s Pilot Grant Award (corecipient), 2022
- American Institute for Bangladesh Studies (AIBS)' Senior Fellowship, 2022
- 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.
Area of Expertise
Migration, refugees, asylum, immigration restrictions, refugee reception in developing countries and in Europe, war crimes, crimes against humanity, post-conflict justice, statebuilding, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
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, refugee reception in countries of the Global South, refugee experiences in transit and camps, statebuilding after war, women's experiences in war and peace, and political developments in Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Her current research projects focus Rohingya reception in Bangladesh, EU's hardening of restrictions against asylum-seekers and refugees, and the conundrum of statebuilding and displacement crisis in Afghanistan. Her recent publications include “What’s in a name? ‘Refugees’, ‘migrants’ and the politics of labelling in 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, “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. Prof. Sajjad is an advisor to Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN). She has appeared on Deutsche Welle, IndusNews, El Mercurio, TBS eFM's This Morning, Al-Jazeera (print and TV), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Stars and Stripes, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Voice of America. She is available for print, online, radio, and television interviews.
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To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.