Tanya Schwarz

My research and teaching emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to politics and international studies, with special attention to issues of ethics, equality, and social justice. At Hollins, my teaching approach brings together critical theoretical frameworks, including postcolonialism and gendered approaches, with timely issues of global politics, especially those focused on religion, peacebuilding, and humanitarianism/development. I encourage students to use what they have learned in my classes in external opportunities, including internships and volunteerships. I believe that students learn best when they are able to apply academic learning to real-world scenarios.

Areas of Expertise

  • Peacebuilding
  • Humanitarianism and Development
  • Religion
  • NGOs
  • Social Science Methods and Research Design

Courses Taught

  • GPS 216: Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • GPS 480: Senior Thesis
  • INTL 120: Introduction to International Studies
  • INTL 237: Religion & Global Politics
  • INTL 371: Religion, Gender, and Peacebuilding
  • POLS 103: Modern Comparative Politics


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., University of California, Riverside

Publications & Articles


  • 2017-18: Mellon Fellow. “Writing for Understanding/Thinking through Writing.” Funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hollins University.
  • 2017: Peace Dissertation Prize, United States Institute of Peace
  • 2016-17: Visiting Research Fellowship, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

  • Schwarz’s research interests are in the role of religion and religious discourses in transnational peacebuilding, humanitarianism, and development. Her current research examines how transnational humanitarian and development NGOs understand and enact international religious freedom discourses and policies.