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Dr. H.L. (Hanna) Muehlenhoff

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Europese studies
Photographer: Marie Mauzy

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
  • Room number:F2.01C
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
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  • Profile


    I am Assistant Professor of European Studies with a focus on 'Europe in the World' at the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I have worked as a lecturer at the Department of European Studies, UvA (2018-2020), as a lecturer at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at VU Amsterdam (2017-2018) as well as a postdoctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS Europe) (2016-2017). I was a PhD researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tübingen where I defended my PhD in 2015.

    My research studies the European Union’s external relations from a feminist perspective, focusing on the EU’s women’s and LGBTQ rights promotion in Turkey and the EU’s security and defence policy. I combine Feminist Security Studies approaches with a Foucauldian governmentality perspective. I am one of the coordinators of the UACES Research Network “Gendering EU Studies”, which aims to advance feminist research on the EU. I am also a member of the executive committee of the Council of European Studies' "Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network". I am part of the interdisciplinary research project "Sovereignties and Territorialities" funded by the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). I study how new initiatives of the EU's security and defence policy produce ideas of sovereignty and legitimate intervention.

    I recently co-edited (with Natalie Welfens, UvA, and Anna van der Vleuten, Radboud University Nijmegen) a special issue for Political Studies Review (vol. 18, issue 3) on 'Slipping Off or Turning the Tide: Gender Equality in European Union's External Relations in Times of Crisis'.

    I am the coordinator of the 'Gender and Sexuality in European (Geo)Politics' online lecture series with the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). 

    My book “EU Democracy Promotion and Governmentality: Turkey and Beyond” was published by Routledge in March 2019 (Interventions series). It shows how the neoliberal rationalities of EU funding (de)politicised human rights organisations in Turkey. It specifically focuses on the agency of Turkish women's, LGBTQ and human rights organisations working with EU grants; zooming in on e.g. their resistance or co-optation.


    I am teaching and supervising in the BA European Studies as well as in the MA European Studies, track European Policy, at the Department of European Studies. Read more about my teaching in Advalvas Nr. 15 28 Maart 2018 by Joeke Berg on page 27  (in Dutch).


    Non-academic publications and media appearances (selection)

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. with Luiza Bialasiewicz. “‘Personal sovereignty’ in pandemics: or, why do today’s ‘sovereignists’ reject state sovereignty?”, published 30 June 2020, openDemocracy.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. with Marijn Hoijtink. “Of Angels and Warriors: why it is time to reconsider the EU's military power ambitions”, published 20 May 2020, Friends of Europe, Europe's World.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. “The EU Foreign Policy Shift: From Soft Power to Muscular Militarism, published 21 February 2020, A Correction Podcast.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. with Marijn Hoijtink. “The European Union’s new ‘muscular’ militarism in a ‘dangerous’ world”, published 28 January 2020, openDemocracy.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. with Roberta Guerrina, Toni Haastrup, Annick Masselot and Katharine Wright “Towards an Inclusive Peace and Security Agenda: taking stock on the gender dimension”, published 18 March 2019, UACES Gendering European Studies Blog.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. “Der Geist von Gezi”, published 12 March 2014, bpb:magazin.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. “Der Gegenspieler“, published 9 January 2014 in the weekly national newspaper Der Freitag.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. “Manche bezahlen mit dem Leben”, published 4 July 2013 in the weekly national newspaper Der Freitag.

    Muehlenhoff, Hanna L. “This is not Occupy: Resistanbul“, published 14 June 2013 online Der Freitag.



  • Publications


    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (2021). Security and defence policy. In A. Gabriele, A. Krizsán, H. MacRae, & A. van der Vleuten (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and EU Politics Routledge.
    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (Accepted/In press). Unpacking the making of National Action Plans: Governmentality, Security and Race in the Dutch implementation of UNSCR 1325. International Feminist Journal of Politics.


    • Hoijtink, M., & Muehlenhoff, H. L. (2020). The European Union as a Masculine Military Power: European Union Security and Defence Policy in ‘Times of Crisis’ . Political Studies Review, 18(3), 362-377. [details]
    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (Guest ed.), Welfens, N. P. M. R. (Guest ed.), & van der Vleuten, A. (Guest ed.) (2020). Slipping Off or Turning the Tide? Gender Equality in European Union’s External Relations in Times of Crisis . Political Studies Review, 18(3), 322-459.



    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (2017). Victims, soldiers, peacemakers and caretakers: the neoliberal constitution of women in the EU’s security policy. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19(2), 153-167.


    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (2016). Ambiguities of power: Struggle and resistance in (the relations between) Turkey and the European Union. Cooperation and Conflict, 51(3), 291-306.


    • Mühlenhoff, H. (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, 16(1), 102-118.



    • Muehlenhoff, H. L., & Diez, T. (2014). Europeanisations, Pluralisation: Another Reconsideration of EU-Turkey Relations. In S. Hürsoyn (Ed.), Turkey’s Quest for the EU Membership Towards 2023 (pp. 27-46). Ege University Printing House.


    • Muehlenhoff, H. L. (2012). A Critical Approach to EU Democracy Promotion: The Constitutive Effects of Civil Society Funding on State-Civil Society Relations. In R. Druláková, P. Kratochvíl , & Š. Zemanová (Eds.), Actors and Actorness in International Relations: States and their Discontents: Conference Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of Young Scholars (pp. 82-96). Vysoka skola ekonomicja v Praze, Nakladatelstvi Oeconomocia.

    Media appearance

    • Mühlenhoff, H. & Marijn, H. (07-03-2021). Die Bundeswehr als Corona-Helfer: Wir sollten uns nicht an Soldaten im Pflegeheim gewöhnen [Print] Der Tagesspiegel. Die Bundeswehr als Corona-Helfer: Wir sollten uns nicht an Soldaten im Pflegeheim gewöhnen.
    • Mühlenhoff, H. & Hoijtink, M. (28-01-2020). The European Union’s new muscular militarism in a ‘dangerous world’ [Web] openDemocracy. The European Union’s new muscular militarism in a ‘dangerous world’.
    • Mühlenhoff, H. (12-05-2014). Der Geist von Gezi bpb:magazin. Der Geist von Gezi.
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