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  • Politics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Comparative politics
  • international relations
  • counter-terrorism
  • European politics
  • homeland security
  • foreign policy
  • Biography

    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 scholarly articles in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal for Deradicalization, Comparative Strategy, German Politics, Democracy and Security, and The Nonproliferation Review, in addition to numerous other book chapters and writings. Her publications also include policy papers and reports published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) 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 counterterrorism and counterradicalization, European politics, U.S. homeland security, general comparative politics, and U.S. 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).

    Honors and Appointments

    Associate Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2017 – present.

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

    Winner of the Best Conference Paper Award (Northeastern Political Science Association/Pi Sigma Alpha Award) at the 2014 NPSA annual conference in Boston.

    Fellow, German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS), 2015 – present.

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

    Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, The Catholic University of America, 2011 – 2017.

    Assistant Professor, U.S. Foreign Policy Program, American University, 2009 – 2011.

    Research Fellow, U.S. National War College, Washington, D.C., 2003 – 2009.