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Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz

Assistant Professor of European and Eurasian Studies


Professor Hintz studies the arenas in which struggles over various forms of identity – national, ethnic, religious, gender – take place. Her regional focus is on Turkey and its relations with Europe, the US, and the Middle East.

Her first book with Oxford University Press (2018) examines how contestation over national identity spills over to shape and be shaped by foreign policy. Her current book project, under contract with Cambridge University Press, investigates Turkey’s state-society struggles over identity in the pop culture sphere.

Professor Hintz contributes to Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, War on the Rocks, The Boston Globe, and BBC World Service, as well as to academic and policy discussions on Turkey’s increasing authoritarianism, opposition dynamics, foreign policy shifts, and identity-related topics including Kurdish, Alevi, and gender issues.

Professor Hintz received her PhD in Political Science from George Washington University, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, and was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.



  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Turkey


  • Ethnic & Nationalist Conflict
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Social Movements & Collective Action
  • Strategic and Security Issues


  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

In the News

Popular culture in Turkey.

Lisel Hintz interviewed on Paradigma podcast, 03/29

Decolonizing Palestine, the empire’s opposition strikes back, and beginnings, continuities, and revivals

Lisel Hintz interviewed on Project on Middle East Political Science podcast, 03/25

Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces up to economic facts.

Lisel Hintz quoted in The Economist, 11/21

The authoritarian playbook.

Lisel Hintz interviewed in Johns Hopkins HUB, 10/30

Erdogan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Al-Monitor, 10/28

Turkey’s ruling party blunders at youth outreach.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Al-Monitor, 10/26

Turkey and popular culture.

Lisel Hintz interviewed on Richardson Institute’s SEPAD podcast, 10/5

What’s behind the Turkey-Greece saber rattling.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Associated Press, 8/28

Erdogan ‘losing support among young voters’.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Arab News, 8/26