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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders


Professor / Director of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies


Ihnestraße 22
Room 228
14195 Berlin
(030) - 838 456640

Office hours

Weekly office hours by Prof. Dr. Harders take place on Tuesdays from 14:45 PM until 15:45 PM.

Please register by sending an email to laura.lelli@fu-berlin.de

Scientific career
  • since 04/2007: Professor and Head of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 09/2002-03/2007: Junior professorship "Gender Studies with a focus on Political Science", Faculty of Social Sciences, Ruhr University Bochum
  • 08/2001 - 08/2002: Research Assistant (C1) in Political Science and Gender Studies (Prof. Dr. Brigitte Young), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
  • 1995-1999: Dissertation "Urban Poverty and Political Participation in Egypt. Micro- and Mesopolitical Analyses of Different Cairo Neighborhoods", University of Hamburg at the Department of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Disputation: Nov. 1999)
  • 04/1995-02/1998: Research Assistant in the DFG-Project "Democratization and Participation" (Head: Prof. Dr. Rainer Tetzlaff), University of Hamburg, Institute for Political Science
  • 1987-1994: Studies of Political Science and minor subjects in Literature and Sociology at the Universities of Freiburg and Hamburg (graduated with Magister Artium)
  • Degree in Political Science wirh Literature and Sociology as minors at the Universities of Freiburg and Hamburg (graduated with a Magister Artium)
Working areas
  • Transformation of Statehood between Democratization and Authoritarianism,
  • Participation and Transformation
  • Poverty, foreign and security policy in the Middle East after September 11, 2001
  • Rgional cooperation in the Middle East
  • Euro-Arab relations
  • Gender and violence
  • Peace and conflict studies and women's participation
Involvement in committees, professional associations and organizations
  • DVPW
  • APSA (American Political Science Association)
  • MESA (Middle East Studies Association)
  • DAVO (Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient)
  • WOCMES (World Organization for Middle Eastern Studies)
  • 2002-2006 Executive Director of the MA program "Gender Studies - Culture, Communication, Society" at the Ruhr University
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Marie Jahoda Visiting Professorship, Ruhr-University Bochum, Network Women's Studies North Rhine-Westphalia, Speaker of the "Working Group Politics and Gender" in the DVPW (2000-2002))