Tonya Putnam is a Research Scholar in 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.

Principal Articles

Tonya Putnam, “Courts Without Borders: Domestic Sources of U.S. Extraterritoriality in the Regulatory Sphere,” International Organization 63, no. 3 (Summer 2009).
Alexander M. Golts and Tonya Putnam, “State Militarism and Its Legacies: Why Military Reform Has Failed in Russia,” International Security 29, no. 2 (Fall 2004).
Michael M. May, Tonya L. Putnam, and Dean Wilkening, “Detecting Nuclear Material in International Container Shipping: Criteria for Secure Systems,” Journal of Physical Security 1 (Fall 2004).
Tonya Putnam, Review of Acceptable Risks: Politics, Policy and Risky Technologies by C.F. Larry Heimann, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 8, no. 4 (December 2000).

Book Chapters

Tonya Putnam, “Human Rights and Sustainable Peace,” in Stephen J. Stedman, Donald Rothchild, and Elizabeth Cousens, eds., Ending Civil Wars: The Implementation of Peace Agreements (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002).
David D. Elliott and Tonya Putnam, “International Responses to Cyber Crime,” in Abraham D. Sofaer and Seymour E. Goodman, eds., The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism (Stanford:  Hoover Institution Press, 2001).
Tonya Putnam, “Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus,” in  Robert D. Blackwill and Sergei Karaganov, eds., Damage Limitation or Crisis: Russia and the Outside World (Lincoln, NE: Brassey’s Inc., 1994).

Other Articles, Testimony and Reports

Tonya Putnam, Review of Nations, States, and Violence by David Laitin, Political Science Quarterly 123, no. 4 (Winter 2008-2009).
Tonya Putnam, “Communicating Nuclear Risk: Informing the Public About the Risks and Realities of Nuclear Terrorism,” Center for International Security and Cooperation Conference Report, Stanford University (September 2002).
David Dessler and Tonya Putnam, “Talking Across Disciplines in the Study of Peace and Security,” Center for International Security and Arms Control Conference Report, Stanford  University (1996).