H. Zeynep Bulutgil is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her general research interests focus on political violence and, more recently, on the relationship between religious and political institutions. Her first project explores the conditions and processes that lead to (or prevent) ethnic cleansing. This project has resulted in a book titled, The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2016) as well as published or forthcoming articles in the Journal of Peace Research and International Security. Her second and more recent project explores the conditions under which the legal structures of countries become divorced from religious actors and regulations. To explore this question, she has compiled a historical-cross-national dataset on institutional secularization that covers the post-1850 period. Her work-in-progress uses this dataset along with historical case studies to analyze the conditions under which countries adopt secular legal systems.
Her research has been supported by grants or fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, and the National Science Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.