Lisel Hintz

Visiting Assistant Professor

Lisel Hintz received her Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies in AY 2015-16. Bridging the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Dr. Hintz’s research investigates how contestation over various forms of identity (e.g. ethnic, religious, gender, regional) spills over from domestic politics to shape, and be shaped by, foreign policy.

Her regional focus is on Turkey and the Middle East, a neighborhood in which the domestic and the international are often inseparable. Her book manuscript, forthcoming with Oxford University Press and entitled Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey, draws on 18 months of fieldwork across Turkey she conducted while based as a Visiting Research Fellow at Bilkent University in Ankara. In order best to capture the various, especially vernacular, discourses on identity present in her cases, Dr. Hintz incorporates many pop culture and social media sources as well as participant observation, surveys, interviews, and archival research into her data analysis. She has published her work in the European Journal of International Relations, Project on Middle East Political Science Series, The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, and Turkish Policy Quarterly, and in op-eds for Foreign Policy, The Washington Post (Monkey Cage blog), The Boston Globe, and Hürriyet Daily News (Turkey's largest English-language newspaper). She has participated on multiple panels on developments in Turkey and its region – including on the refugee crisis, the rise of ISIS, and the Kurdish issue – to audiences from New York to Ankara to Oxford. Dr. Hintz is delighted to be teaching the International Relations colloquia Problems in International Security, and Political Violence and Terrorism at Barnard College in the Fall 2016 term.

Academic Focus: 

Identity politics and foreign policy in Turkey and its various neighborhoods, politics of the Middle East, intersection of comparative politics and international relations


Problems in International Security
Political Violence and Terrorism

Awards & Honors: 

*Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center Postdoctoral Fellowship (AY 2015-16)
*The Isabelle Mary Rickey Political Science Fellowship (2014-15)
*Dissertation Grant, American Consortium on European Union Studies (2014)
*Dissertation Writing Grant, The Institute of Turkish Studies (2014-15)
*Travel and Research Grant, The Project on Middle East Political Science (2014)
*International Studies Association Travel Grant (2014)
*Doctoral Fellow, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (2010-14)
*Visiting Research Fellow, Bilkent University in Ankara (2012-2013 and Summer 2014)
*Two Hoffman Full-Semester Dissertation Fellowships (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
*Two U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarships (Ankara 2012, Bursa 2011)
*Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Development Grant (2012)
*Fieldwork Grant, The Institute of Middle East Studies (2010)
*Davis and Isham Language Study Fellowship (2010)
*Selective Excellence Graduate Teaching Assistantship, GWU (2008-2013)
*Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Award (1999)

Professional Affiliations: 

Peer Reviewer: International Studies Quarterly
Peer Reviewer: Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Peer Reviewer: Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
Peer Reviewer: Foreign Policy Analysis
Peer Reviewer: BSIS Journal of International Studies
Reviewer and Editor: Turkish Policy Quarterly

Presentations / Recent Lectures: 

Cornell Law School panel on the Middle East refugee crisis:

Live interview on BBC world News on Turkey's coup attempt:

Live interview on Wharton (UPenn) radio on Turkey's purges:


Book Expected 2017. Identity Politics Inside Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey (forthcoming from Oxford University Press).

Academic Articles 2016.

“Take It Outside! National Identity Contestation in the Foreign Policy Arena,” European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 22, No. 2. 2016.

“Adding Insult to Injury: Vilification as Counter-Mobilization in Turkey’s Gezi Protests,” Project on Middle East Political Science Studies, Vol. 20. 2016.

“Mapping the Dynamics of Identity Contestation: Hybridization, Polarization, and Self-Marginalization,” Paper Series for Cornell University’s Einaudi Center for International Studies, 1 June. 2013.

“Us v. Them, Over and Over Again? National Identity Contestation in Turkey’s Stalled EU Bid,” Turkish Policy Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 1. 2011.

“Explaining Democratic Failure in the Post-Soviet Space,” The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, December. 2006.

“Problematizing State Centricity: Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees," BSIS Journal of International Studies, Vol. 3.

Op-Ed Publications 2016.

“Turkey’s Post-Putsch Purge,” The Boston Globe, 28 July 2016. 2016.

“What’s Next for Fractured Turkey?” International Peace Institute (Global Observatory), 21 July. 2016.

“The Dark Side of the Mobilization that Stopped Turkey’s Coup,” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage blog), 21 July. 2016.

“The Real Refugee Crisis Is in the Middle East, Not Europe,” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage blog), 14 May.

With Rawan Arar and Kelsey Norman. 2015. “The Heinous Consequences of Turkey’s Polarization,” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage blog), 15 October. 2014.

“‘No Opposition, No Democracy’ in Turkey’s Elections,” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage blog), 3 April. 2013.

“The Might of the Pen(guin) in Turkey’s Protests,” Foreign Policy, 10 June. *chosen by Foreign Policy as one of the best 2013 articles on the Middle East 2012.

“Reading Turkish Politics from a Soap Opera,” Foreign Policy, 7 December.

Office Hours: 

Wednesdays 1-4 and by appointment in 233 LeFrak Center