Dr. Sabine Hirschauer – Assistant Professor



  • Ph.D. in International Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia – USA
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
  • BA in Political Science; BA in Mass Communication and Journalism, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill – USA

Areas of Specialization

  • Human Security
  • Feminist Security Studies
  • Migration and Identity
  • Theories of IR and Comparative Socio-Political Studies

Research Interests

Dr. Hirschauer received her Ph.D. in International Studies with the concentrations of Security Studies and second major in Comparative Politics from the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her research interests includes security studies, human security, migration, identity, and gender. She is the author of the book The Securitization of Rape: Women, War and Sexual Violence published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. Dr. Hirschauer received a post-doctoral research fellowship with the University of Bloemfontein in South Africa in 2013 and 2014. She presented her research at conferences in South Africa, Rwanda and during major international studies and feminist security studies conferences in the U.S. She is currently working on research about the European migration crisis and archival research about gender-based atrocities during post- WWII allied-occupied Germany. She also serves as a manuscript referee for several journals in the areas of feminist security studies. She is originally from Munich, Germany.



“Dr. Hirschauer’s 2017 Migration Crisis Service Learning Study-Abroad Trip to Munich, Germany

July 18 – July 28, 2017

See photos here 


Selected Publications

Single-Authored Books:

Hirschauer, Sabine. (December 2014) The Securitization of Rape: Women, War and Sexual Violence. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9781137410818; http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/the-securitization-of-rape-sabine-hirschauer/?K=9781137410818

Chapters in edited volumes and other publications:

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2012) The Notion of Hope – Simelela: A Model of a South African Rape Crisis Center. in Engaging Men in the Fight Against Gender Violence. Edited by Freedman, Jane. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-10: 1137014733 | ISBN-13: 978-1137014733

Single-Authored, Peer-Reviewed International Journal Articles:

Hirschauer, Sabine (2014) “Rape and the State – Sexual Violence and its Political Narrative and Othering in 21st Century South Africa” Africa Insight Vol. 44, No 1 (2014)  http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ai/article/view/110069


Dr. Hirschauer’s CV