Institute of Political Science

Hendrik Quest, M.A.

Since October 2019, Hendrik Quest has been working as a research associate in the International Relations / Peace and Conflict Studies department with Prof. Dr. Andreas Hasenclever. He studied Political Science (B.A.) at the Philipps-University in Marburg and the Hacettepe Üniversitesi in Ankara and subsequently Peace Research and International Politics (M.A.) in Tübingen.
In the autumn of 2014, Hendrik Quest was commissioned by the IfP to conduct a study on the whereabouts of graduates of the Peace Research and International Relations Masters Program.
Since October 2014, Hendrik Quest has been doing his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Andreas Hasenclever and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Abels. In his dissertation he deals on a practice-theory-oriented basis with the transformation of violence-centered masculinities through peace-building measures (in particular security sector reforms and programmes for the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants) in the case of Liberia.

Teaching Experience

  • Introduction to International Relations (Bachelor)
  • Understanding and critically discussing current politics (interdisciplinary Bachelor seminar)
  • Theories of International Relations and Peace (Master)

Research Interests

  • Gender and armed conflict
  • Critical masculinity studies
  • Gender in military and police
  • Peacebuilding


  • Messerschmidt, Maike; Quest, Hendrik (2019): Peacebuilding Measures and the Transformation of Masculinities - Looking at Liberia and Uganda. In Scheuermann, Manuela; Zürn, Anja (Hrsg.): Gender Roles in Peace and Security - Prevent, Protect, Participate, Berlin: Springer, 79-100.
  • Messerschmidt, Maike; Quest, Hendrik (2017): Männlichkeiten im Konflikt – Zum theoretischen Verhältnis von militarisierter Männlichkeit, militärischer Männlichkeit und Hypermaskulinität. Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung 6 (2), 257-288.
  • Quest, Hendrik (2012): Zivil- und Friedensklauseln in Deutschland – Ein Wachhund ohne Zähne? In Nielebock, Thomas; Meisch, Simon; Harms, Volker (Hrsg.): Zivilklauseln für Forschung, Lehre und Studium – Hochschulen zum Frieden verpflichtet, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2012, 71-103.

Conference- & Workshop Contributions

  • EISA Pan-European Conference, Prag, 12.-15.09.2018, Präsentation des Papiers Rebuilding masculinity? The transformation of violence-centred masculinities in the Liberian security sector as a result of SSR.
  • ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, 22.-25.08.2018, Präsentation des Papiers "Practices of Change: How to Grasp the Transformation of Violence-Centred Masculinities in the Post-Conflict Context", Ko-AutorInnenschaft mit Maike Messerschmidt.
  • European Conference on Politics and Gender, Lausanne, 08.-10.06.2017, Präsentation des Papiers "Between structure and practice: A theory-based framework for masculinities in armed conflict", Ko-AutorInnenschaft mit Maike Messerschmidt.
  • ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22.-25.02.2017, Präsentation des Papiers "Beyond Buzzwords: Towards a Better Understanding of Hypermasculinity, Military Masculinity, and Militarised Masculinity in Peace and Conflict Studies", Ko-AutorInnenschaft mit Maike Messerschmidt.
  • Global Society Workshop on Gender and Security, 13.01.2017, Canterbury, Präsentation des Papiers Black Holes in the Research on DDR and SSR: Why We Need a Critical Gender Perspective.
  • International Peace Research Assocation General Conference, 27.11.-01.12.2016, Freetown, Präsentation des Papiers Militarized Masculinity, DDR and SSR: Reflections about a new research agenda.
  • International Political Science Association World Congress, 23.-28.07.2016, Poznan, Präsentation des Papiers Militarized Masculinity in the Context of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR): An Assessment.
  • Symposium on Ethics: The Value of (In-)Security) am Internationalen Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften, 28.-30.07.2015, Tübingen, Präsentation des Papiers At Peace with Militarized Masculinity? Impacts of Militarized Masculinity on Post-conflict Peacekeeping.