Tonya Putnam is an Associate 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.

Book Chapters

“Human Rights and Sustainable Peace,” in Ending Civil Wars: The Implementation of Peace Agreements, eds. Stephen J. Stedman, Donald Rothchild, and Elizabeth Cousens (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002).
Tonya Putnam, and David D. Elliott, “International Responses to Cyber Crime,” in The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism, eds. Abraham D. Sofaer and Seymour E. Goodman (Stanford:  Hoover Institution Press, 2001), 35-67.
“Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus,” in Damage Limitation or Crisis: Russia and the Outside World, eds. Robert D. Blackwill and Sergei Karaganov (Lincoln, NE: Brassey’s Inc., 1994).

Journal Articles

“Courts Without Borders: Domestic Sources of U.S. Extraterritoriality in the Regulatory Sphere,” International Organization 63, no. 3 (2009): 459.
Review of Nations, States, and Violence by David Laitin, Political Science Quarterly 123, no. 4 (2008-09): 681.
Tonya Putnam, and Alexander M. Golts, “State Militarism and Its Legacies: Why Military Reform Has Failed in Russia,” International Security 29, no. 2 (2004): 121-58.
Michael M. May, Dean Wilkening, and  Tonya L. Putnam, “Detecting Nuclear Material in International Container Shipping: Criteria for Secure Systems,” Journal of Physical Security 1 (2004): 1-28.
Review of Acceptable Risks: Politics, Policy and Risky Technologies by C.F. Larry Heimann, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 8, no. 4 (2000): 234.

Other Articles

Communicating Nuclear Risk: Informing the Public About the Risks and Realities of Nuclear Terrorism, Center for International Security and Cooperation Conference Report, Stanford (September 2002).
Tonya Putnam, and David Dessler, Talking Across Disciplines in the Study of Peace and Security, Center for International Security and Arms Control Conference Report, Stanford (1996).