Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz

Gelman 549


Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

Lisel Hintz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Bilkent University in Ankara during the 2012-2013 academic year and summer of 2014. Bridging the disciplines of International Relations and Comparative Politics, her research investigates the origins and functions of particular identities (ethnic, religious/sectarian, gender, national, regional, imperial) in domestic politics and foreign policy. Her dissertation research, based on over a year and a half of field work in multiple locations across Turkey, employs a cohesive framework to identify competing proposals for national identity present in Turkey's society. She analyzes the strategies of contestation that groups use, including the counter-intuitive tool of foreign policy, to shape the contours of national identity debates in favor of their own proposal. Her project fills a gap in existing scholarship by examining a specific mechanism of contestation of theoretical interest to IR and comparative scholars that links domestic politics and foreign policy, while accounting for empirical shifts in both issue areas in the Turkish case. Her research has been funded, in part, by two US State Department Critical Language Scholarships, two Hoffman Dissertation Fellowships, an Institute of Turkish Studies Dissertation Fellowship, and a grant from the Project on Middle East Political Science. She has been published in The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), Foreign Policy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, and Hurriyet Daily News. She speaks Turkish, Spanish, French, and German and looks forward to learning more. She initiated a nation-wide and international job search in Fall 2014.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

Strategic construction of identities in international relations, domestic contestation of national identity, social psychology and social identity theory.



George Washington University

Ph.D. Department of Political Science (expected Spring 2015, 3.96 GPA)
Dissertation: Fighting for Us, Inside and Out: National Identity Contestation and Foreign Policy in Turkey
Committee: Professors Marc Lynch (Chair), Martha Finnemore, and Henry Hale

Examination Fields: International Relations (major) and Comparative Politics
Fieldwork: Based in Ankara, Turkey (Fall 2012-Summer 2013 and Summer 2014; also included Antalya, Bursa, Eskişehir, Giresun, Istanbul, and Trabzon)

University of Kent (Brussels School of International Studies)
           M.A. International Relations (with Distinction)
Northwestern University
           B.A.  German (Magna cum laude)



Academic Publications:

Under review. “Take It Outside! National Identity Contestation in the Foreign Policy Arena.”
Under review. “Brothers in Name Only? The (Mis)Use of Pan-Turkist Identity in Turkey’s Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy.”
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,” in The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, December.
2006. “Problematizing State Centricity: Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees," in BSIS Journal of International Studies, Vol. 3.

Non-Academic Publications:

2014. “‘No Opposition, No Democracy’ in Turkey’s Elections,” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), April.
2013. “The Might of the Pen(guin) in Turkey’s Protests,” Foreign Policy, June.
2012. “Reading Turkish Politics from a Soap Opera,” Foreign Policy, December.