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.
From October 2014 until March 2021, Hendrik Quest has absolved his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Andreas Hasenclever and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Abels (Magna cum Laude). In his dissertation he has employed practice theory to develop a theoretical model of 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) using 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


  • Quest, Hendrik (2022): Tracing Gender Practices After Armed Conflicts: At Peace with Masculinities? Book Series: Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan. 
  • Quest, Hendrik (2022): Moving Beyond Antagonisms: Changing Masculinities in Post-Conflict Militaries. International Peacekeeping 29 (3), 463-487. 
  • Quest, Hendrik (2020): Reforming Masculinity? The SSR-Induced Change of Violence-Centred Masculinities in the Liberian Security Sector. Femina Politica - Zeitschrift für feministische Politikwissenschaft 29 (1), 39-54. 
  • 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

  • ISA Annual Convention 2021, Las Vegas (virtual), 06.-09.04.2021, Präsentation des Papiers "Moving Beyond Antagonisms: Changing Masculinities in the Armed Forces of Liberia", Panel: "The Role of Gender in Post-Conflict Militaries".
  • Virtual Workshop, "Analysing Gender, Practices, and Social Change", Tübingen, 14.-15.01.2021: "The Promises and Pitfalls of Studying Violence-Centred Masculinities: Methodological Reflections", Panel "The Post-Conflict Transformation of Masculinities", co-authored with Maike Messerschmidt, Maximilian Kiefer, Gabriele Abels und Andreas Hasenclever.
  • Invited Talk: "SSR und die Transformation von gewaltzentrierten Männlichkeiten in Liberia" as part of an online series on Gender and SSR, organised by the Beirat Zivile Krisenprävention und Friedensförderung (advisory body to the German Government), 29.10.2020.
  • EISA Pan-European Conference, Prag, 12.-15.09.2018: "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: "Practices of Change: How to Grasp the Transformation of Violence-Centred Masculinities in the Post-Conflict Context", co-authored with Maike Messerschmidt.
  • European Conference on Politics and Gender, Lausanne, 08.-10.06.2017: "Between structure and practice: A theory-based framework for masculinities in armed conflict", co-authored with Maike Messerschmidt.
  • ISA Annual Convention 2017, Baltimore, 22.-25.02.2017: "Beyond Buzzwords: Towards a Better Understanding of Hypermasculinity, Military Masculinity, and Militarised Masculinity in Peace and Conflict Studies", co-authored with Maike Messerschmidt.
  • Global Society Workshop on Gender and Security, 13.01.2017, Canterbury: "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: "Militarized Masculinity, DDR and SSR: Reflections about a new research agenda".
  • International Political Science Association World Congress, 23.-28.07.2016, Poznan: "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: "At Peace with Militarized Masculinity? Impacts of Militarized Masculinity on Post-conflict Peacekeeping".
  • Invited talk: "Männlichkeitskonstruktionen und die Integration von Frauen in die Bundeswehr" at a public discussion organised by Doris Wagner, member of the German Bundestag on the inclusion of women into the German army, 27.11.2015, Berlin.