Vice President Prof. Dr. Anja Pistor-Hatam

Vice President for Academic Issues, Internationalisation and Diversity

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, Raum 101
Phone: 0431 880 3001
Telefax: 0431 880 7333


Anja Pistor-Hatam obtained her M.A. in Islamic  Studies and History (1988), as well as her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (1992) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. After working as a lecturer and Assitant Professor at the universities of Heidelberg and Bamberg, Professor Pistor-Hatam achieved her Habilitation at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and Ancient History at the University of Heidelberg (1999).

During the same year she deputized for the Chair of Islamic Studies at Kiel University, where she was appointed full professor in 2003. Professor Pistor-Hatam has extensive experience in academic administration on both faculty and university levels.

She is a member of various national and international academic research institutions and societies, for example the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg, the Societas Iranologica Europea, and the International Society for Iranian Studies. Professor Pistor-Hatam also serves on the advisory board of the Austrian Academy of Science, Institute for Iranian Studies.

On June 2, 2014, Professor Anja Pistor-Hatam was elected Vice President Academic at Kiel University. In this position, her areas of responsibility are academic affairs, international affairs, and diversity.


It is the pronounced conviction of Professor Pistor-Hatam that academic self-administration forms an essential element of university life in Germany. As former chairwoman of the University Senate, Professor Pistor-Hatam puts high value on the negotiation of conflicting interests. These democratic processes, in Professor Pistor-Hatam’s view, need to be protected against pressures from both inside and outside the institution.

“In my position as Vice President for academic and international affairs, and diversity, I shall focus on the many ways  academic affairs, internationalism, and diversity are interconnected in university life”, Professor Pistor-Hatam stated after her election.

Together with Ilka Parchmann, Vice President for Teachers’ Education, Anja Pistor-Hatam will improve existing study programmes, and develop new programmes that will respond to large scale social changes as well as to particular students’ needs and suggestions.