PD Dr. habil Eva Herschinger

Center for Intelligence and Security Studies (CISS)
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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. She received her Phd from Jacobs University Bremen and her habilitation from the Universität der Bundeswehr München. She gained practical experience at the Police Headquarters in Frankfurt/Main, where Eva Herschinger was responsible for the prevention of radicalization and extremism. At CISS, she is Head of the Research Program on Security and Intelligence.

Dr. Herschinger teaches in the MISS program and supervises MISS Master theses.

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 Relations
New Intelligence Studies
Discourse research and theory
Critical security research

For more information consider the thematic areas of the Research Program on Security and Intelligence.


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:

Terrorism. Prejudices on female terrorists. Podcast SZ Geschichte Daily, 16 September 2022 [in German].

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:

Statement on the start of the trial of a suspected member of the right-wing terrorist group "Atomwaffen Division" on ZDF (programs "Heute in Deutschland" and "Heute"), 2 August 2022 [in German].

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].


Picture: © Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung