Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz

Davis-Hodgkins House, Room 201


Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

As a PhD student of Political Science at GW, I am focusing my studies on the role of identity in international relations along multiple levels of analysis. I am interested in the salience of particular identities (ethnic, religious, state/civic national) in particular contexts, as well as the strategic construction and adoption of national identities and the domestic pushback against such attempted constructions. My regional areas of interest are Turkey, countries of the former Yugoslavia, and post-Soviet states. I developed and taught a graduate level course on The State, Nationalism, and Identity at the University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) and co-taught an Introduction to International Relations undergraduate course at Vesalius College in Brussels. I have been a Teaching Assistant in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. Previously I worked as a case manager and grant-writer for a homeless coalition, as the head of admissions and recruitment for BSIS, and as a pastry chef in Chicago. I speak Spanish, French, German, and Turkish and look forward to learning more.

Current Research

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


  • MA with Distinction in International Relations, University of Kent's Brussels School of International Studies
  • B.A. magna cum laude in German, Northwestern University


"Problematizing State Centricity: Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees" in BSIS Journal of International Studies, Vol. 3, 2006, pp. 16-25.

Office Hours

F 1:00-4:00pm and by appt