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Politics Faculty

Dorle Hellmuth – Associate Professor


Dr. Hellmuth is an associate professor of politics and serves as the academic director of the department’s parliamentary internship programs in Europe. Her book, Counterterrorism and the State, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), analyses post-911 counterterrorism decision-making and responses in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, and France. She has published and co-published articles and book chapters in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Democracy and Security, The Nonproliferation Review, and Beyond Sovereignty. Her publications also include policy papers published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. where she is a Non-Resident Fellow.

Professor Hellmuth’s research and teaching covers world politics, particularly the study of transatlantic and European politics, counterterrorism and counterradicalization, homeland security, general comparative politics, and American foreign policy.

Dr. Hellmuth has held appointments as Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service, and as a Research Fellow at the National War College, National Defense University. She has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Earhart Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Embassy of France, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

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Research, Writing, Presentations, and Media


Counterterrorism and the State: Western Responses to 9/11. University of Pennsylvania Press, October 2015.


Select Articles

“Countering Jihadi Prison Radicalization in Germany and the United States,” American Institute of Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) Transatlantic Perspectives (June 2016).

Of Alienation, Association, and Adventure: Why German Fighters Join ISIL,” Journal for Deradicalization (April 2016).

Countering Jihadi Terrorists and Radicals the French Way,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (December 2015).

Countering Jihadi Radicals and Foreign Fighters in the United States and France: Très Similaire!” Journal for Deradicalization (October 2015).

“Countering Islamist Radicalization in Germany,” Combating Terrorism Center Sentinel (at West Point), volume 6, issue 1 (January 2013).

“The Question of Military Action Against Iran – Of Busted Bunker Hopes and Short Fuses,” AICGS Transatlantic Perspectives (March 2012).

“Taking Stock of Terrorism: The Bush Counterterrorism Legacy and Remaining Challenges for Obama,” in Finding Security in an Age of Uncertainty: German and American Counterterrorism Policies, AICGS Policy Report #41 (Washington, DC: American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, December 2009). 


Select Presentations

“Counterradicalization a la France,” Panel Discussion on “Understanding the Threat to the United States and Europe from Returning Jihadists,” The National Capital Area Political Science Association and The George Washington University, 4/2015.

“The French Response to the 2015 Paris Attacks,” ‘Who is Charlie?’ Roundtable Discussion on Freedom of Expression, Democracy, Faith, and Violence, The Catholic University of America, 2/2015.

“Transatlantic Security and Defense: A U.S. Perspective,” Luncheon Keynote Speech, U.S. Department of State, 6/2014.

“Spying Among Allies: Implications for Transatlantic Cooperation,” Institute for Cultural Diplomacy’s Washington D.C. Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation, 11/2013.

“The Impact of Counterterrorism Policies and Strategies on the Transatlantic Partnership,” Panelist, U.S. Department of State, 11/2012.


Honors and Appointments

Winner of the Best Paper by Female Political Scientist Award at the 2015 Northeastern Political Science Association annual conference in Philadelphia.

Northeastern Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for best paper of the 2014 NPSA annual conference in Boston.

Fellow, German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS), since 10/2015.

Non-Resident Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, 2011 - present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University, 2011 - present.




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Phone: 202-319-4189




  • POL 112 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POL 202– European Politics
  • POL 437– Countering Terrorists and Radicals
  • POL 412A– Homeland Security
  • POL 454- Comparative Foreign Policy
  • POL 534- Transatlantic Security
  • POL 607- Graduate Introduction to Comparative Politics


The Catholic University of America, Ph.D. 2009


Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism (Europe, US, Transatlantic)
  • European Politics, NATO
  • Nuclear Proliferation
  • U.S. Foreign Policy