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Hirschmann, Gisela

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Leiden University, Institute of Political Science, Netherlands



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Political and Social Sciences

Cohort(s): 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

Free University Berlin, Germany


In general, my research interests are in the field of International Relations, with a particular focus on the legitimacy of international organizations, institutional change, organizational learning and human rights.
My dissertation analyzed the accountability for human rights violations committed in the context of United Nations peace operations, based on a set of case studies on the operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kosovo. I obtained my PhD from the Free University Berlin in 2015, where I was a research associate in the Berlin Graduate School of Transnational Studies (BTS).
After completing my diploma in political science in 2010 at the Free University Berlin, with a thesis on organizational learning in UN peace operations, I worked at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) until 2015 in a research project on International Organizations and the Protection of Fundamental Rights of Individuals under the leadership of Michael Zürn and Monika Heupel. I also benefited greatly from several research stays at the New School New York, Columbia University and Stockholm University. My teaching experience includes tutorials and seminars on the introduction to Theories of International Relations and legalization in IR for undergraduate students at the Free University Berlin.
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