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Nina Tannenwald's research focuses on the role of international institutions, norms and ideas in global security issues, efforts to control weapons of mass destruction, and human rights and the laws of war.
Nina Tannenwald joined the Brown Department of Political Science in the fall of 2011. She was previously Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Assistant and then Associate Research Professor at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies. She has been a visiting professor at Cornell and Stanford Universities, a Carnegie Scholar, and an MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellow in International Peace and Security. In 2012-2013 she is serving as a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. State Department.
Tannenwald was director of the International Relations Program at Brown from 2003-2006. She has been a commentator on local radio and television, and in the op-ed pages, on foreign policy issues, and a consultant to the United Nations Association. Prior to coming to Brown, she held fellowships at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She holds a master's degree from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and a Ph.D in international relations from Cornell University.
Professor Tannenwald's teaching and research interests lie in the areas of international institutions and norms in the security area, weapons of mass destruction, and human rights and the laws of war. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and Ethics and International Affairs, among others. Her book, The Nuclear Taboo: The United States and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons Since 1945 (Cambridge, December 2007) was awarded the Lepgold Prize for a distinguished work in international relations by Georgetown University in 2009. She has also edited, with William Wohlforth, a special issue of the Journal of Cold War Studies on the role of ideas and the end of the Cold War. Her research on why some weapons are regarded as inhumane while others are not has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. She is currently working on a project assessing how the Geneva Conventions on humanitarian law influence the behavior of states and non-state actors.
Lepgold Book Prize, Georgetown University, 2009.
Finalist (top 3), Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 2009.
Carnegie Corporation Scholar, 2001-2003.
MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Grant, 2000-2001.
Joukowsky Family endowed assistant professorship, Brown University.
Dissertation nominated by Cornell University for the American
Political Science Association's Helen Dwight Reid Award for
best dissertation in international relations, 1996.
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Watson Institute for International
Studies, Brown University, 19951996.
Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Center for International Security and Arms
Control, Stanford University,199192.
Brookings Dissertation Fellowship (1991-92, declined).
Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Strategic and International
Studies, UCLA (1991-92, declined).
Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Science and International
Affairs, Harvard University,198991.
Fellowship, Institute for the Study of World Politics, 1989-90.
MacArthur Fellow and Summer Research Fellowships, Cornell Peace
Studies Program, 1987-91
Baruch Fellowship, United Nations Association of the USA, New York,
DAAD Scholarship for study in Bremen, West Germany, 1982.
German Consulate Book Award for Academic Excellence in German,
Dartmouth College, 1982.
Council Member, International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, 2007-2010
Member, American Political Science Association
Member, International Studies Association
Member, American Society of International Law
Vice President; Program Chair, Sartori Book Award Committee, Nominating Committee, Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods, 2003-present.
Member, Research Advisory Board, Frankfurt Peace Research Institute, Germany
Member, Advisory Board, Brown Journal of World Affairs
Scholar-in-Residence, Moses Brown School, 2005-2006
Professor Tannenwald has taught at Brown, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and as a visitor at Stanford and Cornell.
Introduction to International Relations
International Organization and World Politics
The Transformation of the International System
Globalization and Culture
Theories of International Institutions
Constructivism and International Relations
The International Law and Politics of Human Rights
War and Human Rights
Graduate Field Seminar in International Relations