Faculty Expert Profile

Lisel Hintz

  • Assistant Professor of International Relations and European Studies


  • School of Advanced International Studies

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Turkish

Lisel 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 the domestic and foreign policies of Turkey, specifically with regard to the US, Europe, and the Middle East.

Hintz’s new book with Oxford University Press draws on 18 months of fieldwork across Turkey and demonstrates how what she terms Ottoman Islamism shapes Turkey's aggressive policies abroad as well as its authoritarian turn back home. She has spoken and written widely on Turkey's relations with the US, the EU, NATO, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and other actors, as well as on Turkey's Kurdish, Alevi, and gender questions. She teaches courses on psychological approaches to foreign policy decision-making, the politics of protest, and the intersection of politics and pop culture in Turkey.

She has been quoted in multiple news outlets, including in a Washington Post article examining the facts behind President Donald Trump's assertion that Turks and Kurds have been fighting each other for "centuries." In addition to her academic publications, she has on Turkey written for policy audiences in Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and other outlets.

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