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
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Migration and Identity
  • Theories of IR and Comparative 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 security studies conferences in the U.S. She is currently working on research about migration and integration challenges in Germany and archival research about gender-based violence during post-WWII allied-occupied Germany. She also serves as a manuscript referee for several journals in the areas of IR and security studies. She is originally from Munich, Germany.


Dr. Hirschauer’s 2017 & 2018 Migration Service Learning Study-Abroad
Trip to Munich, Germany
July 18 – July 28, 2017


Selected Publications


Hirschauer, Sabine. (Dec. 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



Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Hirschauer, Sabine. (Forthcoming) Event Cologne: Whiteness, Gender, and Germany’s Ontological Insecurity. Feminist German Studies.  

Hirschauer, Sabine. (Forthcoming) "The Politics of Memory, State Identity, and Gender: Anonymous – A Woman in Berlin, A Post-Conflict Diary Revisited” In Options for Teaching German Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st Century. Edited by Venkat Mani and David Kim. New York: PMLA Modern Language Association of America.

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2021) Beyond Symbolic Policy Making: The Copenhagen School, Migration, and the Marked-Unmarked Analogy Migration Letters. Vol. 18(4). DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v18i4.1136

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2021) German and U.S. Borderlands – Recognition and the Copenhagen School in the Era of Hybrid Identities. In Recognition and Migration. Perspectives from Ethics, Political Philosophy and Critical Theory, edited by Gottfried Schweiger, Cham: Springer 2021, (Springer Series: Studies in Global Justice)

Hirschauer, S.C., Karp, R., Kekeh, M., Akpinar-Elci, M. (2021) Service-Learning Study-Abroad and Europe’s Migration ‘Crisis’ – A Case Study. Intercultural Education. Vol. 33(1); DOI:10.1080/14675986.2020.1859992

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2020) De-Securitization, Sexual Violence, and the Politics of Silence. European Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 27(3) DOI: 10.1177/1350506819889379

Hirschauer, Sabine (2019) “For Real People in Real Places: The Copenhagen School and the Other Little Security Nothings,” European Security, Vol. 28(4) DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2019.1656199

Hirschauer, S.C., Karp, R., Kekeh, M., Akpinar-Elci, M. (2019) Migration and Integration in Germany - A Transcultural Experiential Learning Approach Toward 21st Century Civic Skills. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, Vol. 11(2).

Hirschauer, Sabine (2014) “Rape and the State–Sexual Violence and its Political Narrative and Othering in 21st Century South Africa” Africa Insight Vol. 44(1)  http://www.ajol.info/index.php/ai/article/view/110069

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


Book Reviews

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2018) Book Review of After Rape: Violence, Justice, and Social Harmony in Uganda. By Holly Porter, for Perspectives on Politics, Cambridge University Press (16)2. 

Hirschauer, Sabine. (2015) Book Review of Peaceland by Severine Autesserre in International Feminist Journal of Politics. (17) 4.


 Dr. Hirschauer’s CV