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Lisel Hintz

Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies


Professor Hintz works at the intersection of identity politics and foreign policy. She is particularly interested in how domestic identity struggles spill over to shape, and be shaped by international affairs. Her regional focus is on Turkey and its relations with Europe and the Middle East.

She 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.

Professor Hintz’s forthcoming book with Oxford University Press draws on 18 months of fieldwork across Turkey. She has spoken and written widely on Turkey-EU and Turkey-Syria relations (particularly on the refugee crisis), the Kurdish Question, and how what she terms Ottoman Islamism shaped Turkey's aggressive policies abroad as well as its authoritarian turn back home. She teaches courses on psychological approaches to foreign policy decision-making and European social movements.



  • 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

Divide, beat, and rule: Trump, Erdogan, and mass protest.

Lisel Hintz cited in Middle East Online, 6/11

Makes sense to draw Turkey-U.S. parallels today.

Lisel Hintz interviewed on Ahval podcast, 6/2

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on polarization in Turkey.

Lisel Hintz participated in a panel for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, 4/10

New Trump sanctions target Turkish economy and military.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Arab News, 12/22

‘My dear friend’: Why Trump-Erdoğan ties endure.

Lisel Hintz quoted in The Christian Science Monitor, 11/14

Policy roundtable: The future of Turkey’s foreign policy.

Lisel Hintz wrote in Texas National Security Review, 10/24

Turkey’s opposition rap sheet reverberates under scrutiny.

Lisel Hintz wrote in The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog, 9/10

Turkey's social problems laid bare in popular hip-hop song.

Lisel Hintz quoted in The National, 9/9

Turkey's Erdogan faces new threat: Former allies.

Lisel Hintz quoted on France 24, 7/20

Religious freedom in Turkey.

Lisel Hintz testified before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, 6/27

The global importance of Istanbul’s election.

Lisel Hintz quoted in The Washington Post, 6/25

One big thing: Istanbul rejects Erdogan.

Lisel Hintz cited in Axios, 6/24

Istanbul voters hand Erdogan a stinging rebuke.

Lisel Hintz interviewed on Background Briefing with Ian Masters podcast, 6/24

Turkey's Erdogan sees 'theft' in Istanbul vote results.

Lisel Hintz quoted in Yahoo News, 4/8

Erdogan’s AKP losses in Turkey: Foreign policy consequences?

Lisel Hintz interviewed on War on the Rocks Warcast, 4/5

Identity politics inside out.

Lisel Hintz’s book reviewed in Muftah, 2/25