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Dr. Sebastian Huhn

Political Science and History

Contact Information

  • Mail: sebastian.huhn@uni-bielefeld.de

Current Positions

  • Faculty Member, Historical Department, University of Osnabrück
  • Associated Researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University
  • Associate Researcher at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Previous Positions

  • 2011-2015 Senior Researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG), Bielefeld University
  • 2011 Dr. phil., University of Hamburg
  • 2008-2011 Doctoral Candidate at the University Hamburg
  • 2006-2010 Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies
  • 2003-2006 Research Assistant at the Institute for Ibero-American Studies, Hamburg

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Violence in Central America
  • Youth Gangs in Central America
  • Discourses on Violence and Public Security
  • Youth Violence
  • Policing & Police Reform
  • Latin America

Current Research Topics

  • The history of crime and violence as a political and social problem in Central America
  • Non-violent neighbourhoods
  • Violence and Violence Research in Latin America
  • Policing & Police Reform

Main Publications

Huhn, S. 2012. Criminalidad y Discurso en Costa Rica. Reflexiones críticas sobre un problema social, San José, Costa Rica: FLACSO. (pdf, external link)

Huhn, S. 2011. Kriminalität in Costa Rica. Zur diskursiven Konstruktion eines gesellschaftlichen und politischen Problems. Studien zu Lateinamerika Band 12. Baden-Baden: Nomos (http://www.nomos-shop.de/13673)

Kurtenbach, S., R. Blumör & S. Huhn (Eds.). 2010. Jugendliche in gewaltsamen Lebenswelten. Wege aus den Kreisläufen der Gewalt. Reihe Eine Welt der Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden Band 24. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Huhn, S. 2010. La percepción social de la inseguridad en Costa Rica, El Salvador y Nicaragua, in: Revista de Ciencias Sociales No. 122, 149-165.

Huhn, S. 2010. La cultura del miedo y control en Costa Rica. Estadísticas de criminalidad y seguridad pública, in: Cuadernos de Sociología No. 10, 21-43.

Huhn, S., A. Oettler & P. Peetz. 2010. Jugendbanden in Costa Rica, El Salvador und Nicaragua - zur sozialen Konstruktion einer teuflischen Tätergruppe, in: P. Imbusch (Ed.): Jugendliche als Täter und Opfer von Gewalt, Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag, 213-241.

Huhn, S. 2009. A History of Nonviolence? The Social Construction of Costa Rican Peaceful Identity, in: Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture Vol. 15, No. 6, November, 787-810.

Huhn, S., A. Oettler & P. Peetz. 2009. Contemporary Discourses on Violence in Central American Newspapers, in: International Communication Gazette, Vol. 71, No. 4, 243-261.

Huhn, S., A. Oettler & P. Peetz. 2007. La construcción de realidades inseguras. Reflexiones acerca de la violencia en Centroamérica, in: Revista de Ciencias Sociales No. 117-118, 73-89.