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Hanna L. Muehlenhoff is a Lectuer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Vrije Universiteit. She joined the department as a postdoctoral researcher of the Centre for Contemporary European Studies Amsterdam (ACCESS EUROPE) on 1 September 2016. She is an affiliated member of the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS) at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Tuebingen where she also worked as a lecturer and research associate. 


Hanna L. Muehlenhoff’s research interests are the EU external relations, Turkey-EU relations, EU civil society promotion and  international gender policies. In her work, she combines a Foucauldian governmentality lens with feminist theory. Her PhD analyzed whether and how the EU’s funding of civil society organizations in Turkey depoliticized the organizations supported. Currently, she is researching international women's empowerment policies combining insight from Foucauldian, feminist and queer approaches to IR. She is one of the coordinators of the UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) Gendering EU Studies starting in February 2018. The CRN Gendering EU Studies aims at encouraging research on gender and all aspects of the EU, including external relations and at facilitating engagement between ‘mainstream’ EU Studies scholars and feminist scholars on the value of gender analysis. 


At VU Amsterdam, Hanna L. Muehlenhoff (co-)teaches the BA lecture "EU governance in an international context", the MA course "Selected Issues: European Politics", the PPE course "The European Union: Institutions, Politics and Policy", the BA "Research Project in Political Science" and the MA "Global Challenges" course. At the University of Tuebingen, she regularly taught a BA seminar in International Relations theory, a MA course on the EU in international politics as well as a postgraduate class on discourse analysis as a method in International Relations. 

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PhD, University of Tubingen

1 Apr 201121 Jul 2015

Master, University of Amsterdam

Bachelor, University of Mannheim

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