Tonya Putnam


Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

International Affairs Building, Room 1326


Tonya Putnam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Putnam investigates issues at the intersection of international relations and international law.  Her primary research interests involve extraterritoriality, transnational regulatory disputes, and exploring how international legal processes shape and are shaped by international politics.  Other areas of interest include human rights, post-conflict transitional justice, international weapons prohibition regimes, and security in the post-Soviet region.

Putnam has served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University and as a Fellow and longtime affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  Putnam is also a member of the California State Bar.

Putnam received a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Department of Political Science.

Selected Publications

Courts Without Borders: The Politics and Law of U.S. Extraterritoriality (forthcoming)

“Courts Without Borders: Domestic Sources of U.S. Extraterritoriality in the Regulatory Sphere.” International Organization (Summer 2009)

“Review of Nations, States, and Violence by David Laitin.” Political Science Quarterly (Winter 2008/2009)

With Alexander Golts, “State Militarism and Its Legacies: Why Military Reform Has Failed in Russia.” International Security (Fall 2004)

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