PD Dr. habil. Eva Herschinger

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PD Dr. habil. Eva Herschinger

Dr. Eva Herschinger studied political science and German at the Universities of Mannheim, Heidelberg and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques Paris. After a traineeship at the Axel Springer School of Journalism in Berlin, she completed her doctorate in 2007 at Jacobs University Bremen. After working at various German universities and research institutes as well as at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, Eva Herschinger was responsible for the prevention of radicalization and extremism in the Prevention Unit of the Police Headquarters in Frankfurt am Main. In 2017, Eva Herschinger completed her habilitation at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Since August 2019, Dr. Herschinger has been Senior Researcher at CISS at the Universität der Bundeswehr München.

In her research, Dr. Herschinger primarily describes how people perceive global conflicts and violence and react based on these assumptions. Here she focused primarily on the phenomena of international terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization and analyzed the – often problematic – consequences of the global “war on terrorism”. She often focuses on the use and the analysis of the use of "extremist language" in the process of radicalization, mobilization and recruitment. Eva Herschinger’s recent research deals with the similarities between Islamist and right-wing ideologies and the importance of gender for radicalization and terrorism.

Her work has appeared in Security Dialogue, Terrorism and Political Violence, Millennium, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft, Suhrkamp, Routledge and Nomos. Dr. Herschinger is often invited to lectures and gives seminars in the field of political education for practitioners.

Currently, Dr. Herschinger teaches in the MISS program in the module "Introduction to Intelligence and Security Studies" and has taught in the MISS module "Theoretical Approaches and Methods in Intelligence and Security Studies". In addition, she is responsible for the web presence of CISS Munich and is involved in the curriculum planning in the MISS (propaedeutic & specialization Cyber Defence).

See also: https://unibw.academia.edu/EvaHerschinger



Research Interests and Expertise

Terrorism research & counter-terrorism
Radicalization and its prevention
Gender, radicalization and terrorism
Cross-phenomenal analysis of Islamist and right-wing ideologies
Violent extremism

International security policy
International Relations
Discourse research and theory
Critical security research



Most relevant publications

(A complete list of publications can be found here.)



Constructing Global Enemies. Hegemony and Identity in International Discourses on Terrorism and Drug Prohibition (in The New International Relations Series, eds. Richard Little, Iver B. Neumann, Jutta Weldes), Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2011 (since July 2014 available as paperback).





A Battlefield of Meanings. The Struggle for Identity in the UN-Debates on a Definition of International Terrorism, in: Terrorism and Political Violence 25 (2): 183-201, 2013.






Diskursforschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen [Discourse Research in International Relations]. Baden-Baden: Nomos (with Judith Renner), 2014.




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Diskursforschung. Ein interdisziplinäres Handbuch (zwei Bände) [Discourse research. An interdisciplinary handbook (two volumes)]. Bielefeld: transcript (with Johannes Angermüller, Felicitas Macgilchrist, Martin Nonhoff, Martin Reisigl, Juliette Wedl, Daniel Wrana und Alexander Ziem), 2014.





War as the Continuation of Hegemony by Other Means. How Contemporary Wars Reach into Societies, in: New Political Science 41 (2), 279-293, 2019.






Radikalisierung als weibliche Subjektwerdung? Die Bedeutung von
Geschlecht im Kontext von Politisierung, in: Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaften, 48. Jg., Sonderband 35, 121-145, 2020.



10.5771_9783748923312.pngDie Ko-Konstitution von Struktur und Akteur: ein altes Problem im Lichte kritischer Normenforschung, in: Engelkamp, Stephan/Glaab, Katharina/Graf, Antonia (eds.), Kritische Normforschung in den Internationalen Beziehungen. Neue Wege und metatheoretische Perspektiven, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 119-143 (withFrank Sauer).



Selected articles on knowledge transfer and in the media

...in podcasts:

Terrorists: Gender Roles in Violence. Episode 13 of the podcast series "Terrorism: Strategy of Terror" by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, 7 October 2021 [in German].

… in the media:
Sie können Leute dazu bringen, Gewalt anzuwenden. Interview on QAnon, Querdenker and Rechtsextremismus with Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, 26 January 2021 [in German].

How Words Promote Extremism. Interview with MDR Wissen, 12 September 2018 [in German].

Increasingly hostile encounters. Research on radicalization today. Deutschlandfunk contribution (broadcast “From Culture and Social Sciences”), 13 September 2018 [in German].

… in Reports:
Radicalization of society? Research perspectives and options for action, PRIF Report 8/2018, Frankfurt am Main (with Kemal Bozay, Oliver Decker, Magdalena von Drachenfels, Christian Joppke and Klara Sinha) [in German].

… in Blogs:
Radicalization of society? A discussion with Oliver Decker and Christian Joppke (moderated with Magdalena von Drachenfels). PRIF-Blog, 17 May 2018 [in German].

Why do women become terrorists? Against a stereotypical view of female terrorism. PRIF Blog, 6 November 2017 [in German].

Yes, Women Too. A Glimpse at Female Terrorism. The Policy Space, 13 July 2017 .

Terrorism and the Cessation of Violence. What we gain when we define terrorism as a tactic. Mobilizing Ideas, 7 March 2016.

... in other formats:

Expert contribution on "Radicalization has no gender" as part of the prevention initiative of the Bavarian State Ministry for Family, Labor and Social Affairs, November 2021 [Video in German].