Prof. Dr. Hanna Pfeifer - Vita

Since 2020, Hanna Pfeifer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science, especially Radicalisation and Violence Research (funded by the Johanna Quandt Jubilee Fund), at Goethe University Frankfurt as well as the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). At PRIF, she is head of the research group on „Terrorism“ since 2020. She is also a Principal Investigator (PI) in the Cluster Project „ConTrust: Trust in Conflict - Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty“ since 2021 (funded by the Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts, HMWK) as well as in the Regional Research Center "Transformation of Political Violence" (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF). Since 2022 and together with Prof. Dr. Anna Geis (Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, HSU), Hanna Pfeifer is leading the project "Recasting the Role of Citizens in Foreign and Security Policy? Democratic Innovations and Changing Patterns of Interaction between European Executives and Citizens" (funded by the German Research Foundation).

Before joining the Faculty of Social Sciences in Frankfurt, she was a research associate at the Professorship for International Security and Conflict Research at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, where she received her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in 2017. In 2018, she was a post-doc at the POLIS department of the University of Cambridge with a fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG). During her PhD studies, she spent several months  at the Orient Institute Beirut (OIB) as a doctoral fellow and received a scholarship from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Magdeburg (2012-2016) and in the research and teaching project “Global Solidarity" at the Munich School of Philosophy (2011-2012). She holds a MA degree Politics, Philosophy, and Mathematics from the University of Munich (Ludwig Maximilians University, 2006-2012), and spent a year abroad at Sciences Po (IEP) Paris (2009-2010), studying International Relations and Security