H. Zeynep Bulutgil Department of Political Science University College London 29-31 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9QU
Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University College London, October 2023-
Associate Professor in International Relations, University College London, 2020-2023 Assistant Professor in International Relations, University College London, 2018-2020.
Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2011-2018. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Empirical Studies of Conflict Program, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, September 2009 –August 2011.
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Political Science, August 2009. Dissertation Title: “Territorial Conflict and Ethnic Cleansing”
M.A., University of Notre Dame, Government and International Studies, August 2001.
B.A., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Political Science and International Relations, June 1997.
Grants and Fellowships
UCL, Political Science, Departmental Grant, 2022, 2023 (£10,000).
British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, 2019-2020 (£158,131.30).
Remarque Institute, New York University, 2017-2018.
Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, Visiting Fellow, September 2008-June 2009.
John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth University, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2009 (declined).
Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester, Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2008-2009 (declined).
International Security Program and Program on Intrastate Conflict, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, September 2007-July 2008.
Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago, Research Grant, 2005-2006.
Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, September 2004-May 2005.
National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, June 2004-April 2006 ($10000).
United States Institute of Peace, Peace Scholar Fellowship, 2004 (declined) ($10000).
University of Chicago, Overseas Research Grant, 2004 (declined).
University of Chicago, Doolittle-Harrison Travel Grant, 2004.
Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago, Research Grant, 2003.
University of Chicago, Department of Political Science, Graduate Tuition Fellowship and Stipend, 2001-2005.
University of Notre Dame, Downs Grant, for education in statistical methods at the ICPSR summer program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000.
University of Notre Dame, Department of Government and International Studies, Graduate Tuition Fellowship and Stipend, 1999-2001.
Research and Teaching Interests
Comparative Politics International Security Political Violence Wars and Military Occupations Religion and Politics Mass Ethnic Violence State Formation Nationalism European Politics and History Middle Eastern Politics and History
The Origins of Secular Institutions: Ideas, Timing, and Organization (Oxford University Press, 2022).
Winner of 2023 Hubert Morken Best Book in Religion and Politics, American Political Science Association.
Winner of 2023 Best Book Award in the Religion and International Relations Section, International Studies Association.
Winner of Honorable Mention for the 2023 David Greenstone Prize in Politics and History, the American Political Science Association.
Shortlisted for the 2023 Gregory Luebbert Prize for Best Book in Comparative Politics, the American Political Science Association.
The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe, Cambridge University Press (2016, 2018).
Winner of Best Book Award in the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association in 2017.
Book symposium in Nationalities Papers in June 2018; book reviews in Journal of Politics, International Dialogue, Political Studies Review, Intersections: East European Journal of Society and Politics, Fletcher Security Review.
"Inequality, elections, and communal riots in India," Journal of Peace Research, 2023, 619-633 (coauthored with Neeraj Prasad). "“Inequality and voting among deprived ethnic groups: evidence from India,” Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2020, 30:2, 221-243 (coauthored with Neeraj Prasad).
“Prewar Domestic Conditions and Civilians in War,” Journal of Global Security Studies, September 2019, 1–14.
"The State of the Literature and Debates on Ethnic Cleansing" Nationalities Papers, May 2018.
“Ethnic Cleansing and Its Alternatives during Wartime: A Comparison of Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman, and Russian Empires," International Security, Spring 2017, 41(4).
“Social Cleavages, Wartime Experience, and Ethnic Cleansing in Europe,” Journal of Peace Research. September 2015, 52(5).
Book Chapters and Symposia
“Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide,” in Kaushik Roy, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Military History (2023).
“Civil Society, Fifth Column Perceptions, and Wartime deportations: Japanese and German Americans.” (coauthored with Samuel Erkiletian), in Harris Mylonas and Scott Radnitz, eds., Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns, Oxford University Press, 2022).
“Paths for Future Research on Nation Building: Causal Mechanisms and Theoretical Antecedents” Nationalities Papers, 2021 (Part of Symposium on Nation Building: Why Some Countries Come Together While Others Fall Apart. By Andreas Wimmer. Princeton University Press, 2018).
"Response to Critiques and New Research Agendas," Nationalities Papers, first published online in June 2018 (part of the book symposium on The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe).
“War, Collaboration, and Endogenous Ethnic Polarization: The Path to Ethnic Cleansing", in Adria Lawrence and Erica Chenoweth, eds. Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).
Review of Religion and Politics in the European Union the Secular Canopy. By Francois Foret. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Perspectives on Politics .
Review of “The Dark Side of Nation-States: Ethnic Cleansing in Modern Europe,” Philipp Ther (Berghahn Books, 2014). CritCom, Council for European Studies (February 2015).
Review of “Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and its Reversal,” Gerard Toal, Carl T. Dahlman (Oxford University Press, 2011). Journal of Politics, Volume 74, Issue 01, January 2012.
Work in Progress
Urban Settlement, Literacy, and Republican Voting in Third Republic France (coauthored with Kit Rickard, UCL)
“Theory-Based Research Design and Evidence in Political Science” (co-authored with Harris Mylonas, George Washington University & Luis Schenoni, University College London). Comparing Nationalism: Europe and Indian Sub-Continent (co-authored with Neeraj Prasad, University of Amsterdam)
Recent Selected Invited Talks
George Washington University, Comparative Politics Workshop, April 2023, “Theory-Based Research Design and Evidence in Political Science.”
University of Essex, Department of Government Speaker Series, December 2022, “Theory-Based Research Design and Evidence in Political Science.”
Oxford University, Oxford Politics Colloquium, April 2022, “Organization, Literacy, and Secular Republicanism in France”
The Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), Switzerland, Departmental Colloquium, December 2019, “Origins of Secular Institutions.”
University of Konstanz, Germany, International Studies Seminar Series. May 2019, “Ranked Ethnicity, Inequality and Ethnic Party Performance in India."
Koc University (Istanbul), April 2019, International Relations Seminar Series, Department of Political Science, “Ranked Ethnicity, Inequality and Ethnic Party Performance in India."
University of Washington, Seattle, February 2019. Politics and Discourse of Fifth Columns Workshop, “Cross-Cutting Cleavages and Local Reactions to the Construction of ‘Fifth Columns’: Japanese Americans during WWII.”
Yale University, May 2017, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence “The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe,” (book talk).
Columbia University, May 2017. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities “The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe” (book panel).
Harvard University, April 2017, Kennedy School, “The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing: Bosnia and Beyond,” (book talk).
Comparative Politics Religion and Politics Political Violence Research Design and Methodology International Relations Post-Conflict State Building International Organizations
Turkish Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian (basic) French (reading)
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University College London, September 2021-present.
Associate Editor, Nationalities Papers, October 2018-present.
Award Committee Membership, APSA, J. David Greenstone Book Prize, Politics & History Section, 2022.
Thematic Co-Director for Global Security, Global Governance Institute, University College London, July 2019-present.
Co-Director of the Politics and International Relations BSc, University College London, October 2020- October 2021.
Deputy Director of the International Public Policy Programme, University College London, October 2018- 2019.
Co-Organizer of the Nationalism Section at the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York, NY, 2012-2021.
Award Committee Membership, APSA, Comparative Democratization Best Field Work Award, 2019.
Award Committee Membership, ASN, best Ph.D. student paper, Nationalism Section, 2012-present.
Co-Organizer of the Fletcher School-Political Science Department Joint Faculty Seminar, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 2012-2015. Reviewer for American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Organization, International Security, Journal of Global Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics, Nationalities Papers, Perspectives on Politics, World Politics, Oxford University Press.
2011-2015 Chester Thurber, Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University—Ph.D. committee member. (Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University). 2014-2016 Christof Kurz, Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University—Ph.D. committee member. 2014-2019 Neeraj Prasad, Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University—Ph.D. committee member/mentor. (Research Fellow at Amsterdam University; previously Assistant Professor at the School of International Affairs, OP Jindal University, India). 2015-2021 Meg Guliford, Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University—Ph.D. committee member/mentor. (Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Pennsylvania). 2012-2019 Rabia Zafar, Ph.D., Fletcher School, Tufts University—Ph.D. committee member. (Postdoctoral Fellow at US Naval War College). 2019-present Samuel Erkiletian, Ph.D. Candidate, UCL Department of Political Science, Ph.D. committee member/mentor. 2023-present Haneen Zeglam, PhD. Candidate, UCL Department of Political Science, Primary Supervisor.