Mühlenhoff, H.L.M.

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faculteit der sociale wetenschappen ( afdeling bestuurswetenschap en politicologie )
Postdoctoral researcher


Hanna L. Muehlenhoff joined the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Vrije Universiteit as a postdoctoral researcher of the Centre for Contemporary European Studies Amsterdam (ACCESS EUROPE) on 1 September 2016. 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 main research interests are the EU’s foreign policies and Turkey-EU relations with a special focus on EU civil society promotion and gender policies. In her work, she combines a Foucauldian governmentality lens with feminist theory. She is especially interested in the relations between neo-liberal rationalities and depoliticization. Her PhD analyzed whether and how the EU’s funding of civil society organizations in Turkey depoliticized the organizations supported. During her time at ACCESS EUROPE she aims to study the effects of EU policies promoting women’s empowerment and human security abroad and to define the relations between empowerment, governmentality and (de)politicization.


  • EU civil society and human rights promotion
  • EU-Turkey relations
  • Governmentality and feminist theory, discourse analysis


At the University of Tuebingen, Hanna L. Muehlenhoff regularly taught a BA seminar in International Relations theory, a master course on the EU in international politics as well as a graduate class on discourse analysis as a method in International Relations. Currently, she does not have any teaching obligations.

Academic publications

Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. forthcoming. “Victims, Soldiers, Peace-makers and Caretakers: The Neo-Liberal Constitution of Women in the EU’s Security Policy”, International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. 2016. “Review: European Integration and the Problem of the State: A Critique of the Bordering of Europe”, Global Affairs vol. 2 (1), 110-112.

Muehlenhoff, Hanna. 2016. "Ambiguities of power: struggle and resistance in (the relations between) Turkey and the EU". Cooperation and Conflict vol. 51 (3), 291-306 (first published online in November 2015).

Diez, Thomas; Mühlenhoff, Hanna. 2014. ‘Europeanisations, Pluralisation: Another Reconsideration of EU-Turkey Relations’, in Siret Hürsoyn(ed.) Turkey’s Quest for the EU Membership Towards 2023 (Izmir: Ege University Printing House), 27-46. ISBN 978-605-338-025-2.

Mühlenhoff, Hanna. 2014. “Funding democracy, funding social services? The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in the context of competing narratives in Turkey”, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies vol. 16 (1), 102-118. 

Mühlenhoff, Hanna. 2010. "Transnational Exchange and the Need for Turkey’s EU Membership: Predicting Turkey’s Accession to the European Union in Terms of Historical Institutionalism." Revisited MA Thesis in European Studies at Universiteit van Amsterdam. Working Paper no. 1 (April 2010). Istanbul: İktisadi Kalkınma Vakfı (İKV)

Other publications

"Der Geist von Gezi", published on 12 March 2014 in bpb:magazin 1/2014. http://www.bpb.de/shop/zeitschriften/179995/bpbmagazin-1-2014

“Der Gegenspieler“, published 9 January 2014 in the weekly newspaper Der Freitag. http://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/der-gegenspieler.

 “This is not Occupy: Resistanbul“, published on 14 June 2013 online Der Freitag. http://www.freitag.de/autoren/der-freitag/this-is-not-occupy.

Ancillary activities

Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017