Sophia Hoffmann is Professor of Intenational Politics at the Faculty of Economics, Law, and Social Sciences at the University of Erfurt. She is an international relations scholar with a focus on international security, intelligence agencies, migration and humanitarian aid. Having carried out extensive field research in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, she has deep expertise on the international relations of West Asia, and on state-society relations in the region. Before joining the University of Erfurt in 2021, Sophia Hoffmann led a research group on German-Arab intelligence relations at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, carried out a post-doctoral project at the University of Bremen and was a lecturer at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She holds a PHD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and further degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Sussex. Hoffmann is the author of the book „The Crisis before the Storm: Iraqi migrants in Syria“ (Syracuse University Press, 2016) and her numerous articles have appeared in journals such as Security Dialogue, Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Middle East Studies. Hoffmann’s research has been supported by the EU’s COFUND programme, the Volkswagen Stiftung and the German Federal Ministry for Research and Education. She has extensive consultancy experience and regularly carries out knowledge transfer and outreach activities in a variety of settings.