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'.
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).
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.