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Hilde van Meegdenburg

Assistant Professor

Dr. H. van Meegdenburg
+31 71 527 5093

Hilde van Meegdenburg is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science.

More information about Hilde van Meegdenburg

Hilde van Meegdenburg is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science. Before coming to Leiden University in 2018, she held positions at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) Munich and the Technical University (TU) Munich. She received her Ph.D. (dr. rer. pol.) from the Free University Berlin in 2016, during her Ph.D. candidacy she was based at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin as a research fellow.

Her research focuses on state foreign policy making with a particular focus on foreign aid and military interventions. A common theme in her work is her interest in state ‘belief systems’, the total collection of understandings (of the self and the social context), predispositions and values that prevail in a country, as an important determinant for state policy decisions. She is currently working on three projects: 1) Social distance in international relations—a project focussing on the role of emotions and socio-emotional othering in world politics; 2) the UN Security Council (UNSC) Debates—exploring automated topic modelling combined with discursive network analysis to analyse how different countries spoke about the situation and ongoing intervention in Afghanistan; and 3) state use of Private Military and Security Contractors (PMSCs) – a project studying why, given their understanding of the world and their place in it, some states decided to employ PMSCs whilst others did not.

She has also worked on research methodologies and taught numerous courses on process tracing and qualitative case studies throughout Europe. See here for her teaching at the ECPR method schools.

More information on her research, teaching  and person can be found on her personal website hildevanmeegdenburg.com and you can find her on twitter as @hildemeeg.

PhD supervision

Hilde van Meegdenburg is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:

  • Security studies (especially private actors in security governance)
  • Foreign policy
  • Emotions in International Relations

See for more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 6.14



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