Hanna Pfeifer

 Hanna Pfeifer
  • Political Science,
  • International Relations,
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

Areas of Expertise:
State and non-state violence in the MENA region; Challenges and transformation of the (liberal) world order; Foreign and security policy

since 2020


Goethe University Frankfurt & Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)
Baseler Str. 27–31
60329 Frankfurt am Main

+49 69 959 194 34
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About me

I am an assistant professor of political science with a focus on radicalisation and violence research. My current work focuses on political violence in the Arab world. I am particularly interested in (interactions among) armed non-state actors as well as state violence in the form of military interventions. In my research, I try to analyse regional dynamics against the backdrop of a (liberal) world order in transformation. Based on empirically sound work, I have a particular interest in theory-building and critical normative reflection. 

In the discipline of Conflict Studies and International Relations, many Europeans investigate the MENA region. I have, however, rarely exchanged with Arab colleagues who analyse German foreign policy or societal conflicts. I joined AGYA with the hope of changing that and look forward to collaborating with fellow members on problems in the Arab world, Germany, and Europe. Analysing these phenomena from a truly mixed perspective in research, publishing, and teaching is one of my main goals.

Academic career
2020 - todayAssistant Professor of Political Science, with a Focus on Radicalisation and Violence Research at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
2020 - todayHead of the Research Group on Terrorism at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt
2016 - 2020Research Associate at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
2018Post-doctoral Researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge with a Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2017PhD in Political Science at Helmut Schmidt University/the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
2012 - 2016Research Associate at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
2014 - 2015Doctoral Fellow at the Orient Institute Beirut
2011 - 2012Research Associate at the Munich School of Philosophy
2006 - 2012M.A. Studies in Political Science, Philosophy, and Mathematics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
2009 - 2010M.A. Studies in International Relations and International Security at Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques) Paris