Prof. Dr. Sophia Hoffmann

Inhaberin der Professur für Internationale Politik und Konfliktforschung (Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät)


Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0144


mittwochs 10:30- 11:30 Uhr nach Vereinbarung


Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt


Universität Erfurt
Staatswissenschaftliche Fakultät
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Prof. Dr. Sophia Hoffmann

Curriculum Vitae

Short bio

Sophia Hoffmann is an international relations scholar with a focus on international security, intelligence agencies, migration and humanitarian aid. Having carried out extensive field research in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, she has deep expertise on the international relations of West Asia, and on state-society relations in the region. 

Before joining the University of Erfurt in 2021, Sophia Hoffmann led a research group on German-Arab intelligence relations at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, carried out a post-doctoral project at the University of Bremen and was a lecturer at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She holds a PHD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and further degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex. Hoffmann is the author of the book  „The Crisis before the Storm: Iraqi migrants in Syria“ (Syracuse University Press, 2016) and her numerous articles have appeared in journals such as Security Dialogue, Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Middle East Studies. Hoffmann's research has been supported by the EU’s COFUND programme, the Volkswagen Stiftung and the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education. She has extensive consultancy experience and regularly carries out knowledge transfer and outreach activities in a variety of settings.




  • 2016: Iraqi Migrants in Syria: The Crisis before the Storm. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Journal Articles

Book chapters

  • 2021 (forthcoming) “The Iraqi migrant experience in Syria after 2003 or: The emergence of international humanitarianism in the Levant” in Knudsen, Are and Berg, Kjersti, eds, SuperCamp: Genealogies of Humanitarian Containment in the Middle East. New York: Berghahn Books.
  • 2020  "The possibilities and limits of ethnography: two examples from Syria and Jordan". In: Schlichte, Klaus and Biecker, Sarah, eds.,The Political Anthropology of Internationalized Politics. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • 2020  "Humanitarian Corridor"; "Sovereignty"; "Impartiality"; "International Cooperation". In: De Lauri, Antonio, ed., Humanitarianism: KeywordsLeiden: Brill.
  • 2016. "A Sovereign for All: The Management of Refugees as Nation-State Politics". In: De Lauri, Antonio, ed., The Politics of Humanitarianism. London: IB Tauris.

Working Papers

Book Reviews

  • 2018. Book review: Lisa Blaydes, State of Repression: Iraq under Saddam Hussein (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018). 376 pp. $35.00 (hb). ISBN: 978-1-4008-9032-3. In: Journal of Perpetrator Research 2.1..
  • 2015. Book review: Al-Ali N. and Al-Najjar, D. 2012. We are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War. Syracuse: SUP. Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 47 (2).
  • 2012. Book review: Kern, K. 2011. Imperial Citizen: Marriage and Citizenship in the Ottoman Frontier Provinces of Iraq. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, Review of Middle Eastern Studies, 46 (2).


Academic Conferences and Workshops

  • 2018: ECPR Annual Conference, Hamburg; Workshop, ZMO, Berlin.
  • 2017: Annual Conference, German IR Association, Bremen.
  • 2016: Conference, Forschungskolleg „The Transformative Power of Europe, FU  Berlin; European Workshops in International Studies, Tübingen; Annual Conference “Arbeitskreis Friedens- und Konfliktforschung”, Villigst.
  • 2015: Workshop, University of Bremen: Workshop, University of Hamburg, Workshop, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst; Congress, German Association of Political Science (DVPW), Duisburg.
  • 2010: World Congress of Middle East Studies, Barcelona.
  • 2011: Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington DC; British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, Exeter, UK.

Outreach / Consultancy / Key Notes

  • 2019: Orient Institute, Beirut -- Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Berlin -- German Ministry of Defence, Berlin.
  • 2018: German Association of IR PhD Students, Tutzing -- Refugee Studies Centre, St. Anthony’s College Oxford, UK--
  • 2016: Brandenburg Böll Stiftung, Biesenthal; Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin.
  • 2015: University of Bremen, Bremen; University of Milan.
  • 2014: FU Berlin Summer School, Amman, Jordan.
  • 2013: Overseas Development Institute, London.
  • 2010: Geneva Graduate Institute.
  • 2009: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin.

Media Articles

Teaching Activities

  • 2019: FU Berlin, MA International Relations: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis in International Perspective
  • 2018 - 2019: FU Berlin, BA Politics: Intelligence Agencies and International Relations
  • 2017 - 2018: FU Berlin, BA Politics: Refuge and Migration in the Middle East
  • 2013: Geneva Graduate Institute, MA Humanitarian Action: Humanitarian Action and Armed Conflict Geneva Graduate Institute, MA Humanitarian Action: Humanitarian Action and Development

Grants and Prizes

  • 2017: Volkswagen Foundation, Freigeist Fellowship (EUR 700,400)
  • 2015: Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Junior-Research Fellowship (costs for an international conference)
  • 2013: EU Marie Curie / University of Bremen, COFUND Post-Doc Fellowship (EUR 150,000)
  • 2012: Syrian Studies Association, Prize for best doctoral thesis (USD 100)
  • 2010: SOAS University of London, Ousely Memorial Fellowship (GBP 6,000)
  • 2009: Council for British Research on the Levant, Junior Visiting Fellowship (GDP 2,550)
  • 2009: Central Research Fund Grant from University of London to support field research in Syria. (GBP 900)
  • 2003: London School of Economics Graduate Merit Award from the LSE to outstanding applicants to one of their Master’s programmes. (GBP 500)
  • 2002: Val McNaughton Memorial Prize from University of Sussex for academic achievement in International Relations (highest grade average of all graduating students in 2002).