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Bausch.jpegAndrew W Bausch

Andrew W. Bausch is an Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD from New York University in May 2014. His dissertation, entitled “Three Essays on Regime Type and Warfare,” examines the micro-foundations of Democratic Peace Theory, relying on Selectorate Theory, laboratory experiments, and an agent-based model to understand causal mechanisms behind why democracies tend not to fight each other. He has continued to work on laboratory experiments that explore the incentives leaders face when engaging in inter-group conflict. His most recent paper, “Outcomes and Audience Costs in an Incentivized Laboratory Experiment,” shows that citizens evaluate leaders on the basis of the outcomes they produce in a conflict rather than the decision-making process they took to reach that outcome.

In addition, Andrew has co-authored papers using laboratory experiments to study terrorism and used computational models to explore the spatial Prisoner's Dilemma. Furthermore, he is working with co-authors on projects that examine how citizens that experienced indiscriminate violence in Eastern Ukraine evaluate the government. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NYU's Center for Experimental Social Science, and Carnegie Mellon University's Center for International Relations and Politics. His work appears or is forthcoming in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Behavior, International Interactions, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Political Science Research and Methods, and Complexity. At Carnegie Mellon, Andrew has taught several classes, including “Democracies and War,” “Autocrats and Democrats,” “Comparative Political Systems,” and "Political Science Research Methods.”  

Bernabel.jpegRodolpho Talaisys Bernabel

Rodolpho Bernabel is a Ph.D. candidate (expected Spring 2016) in the Department of Politics at NYU. His areas of research are Comparative and American Politics, Biology of Politics, Quantitative Methods, and Experiments. The bulk of his research investigates, through formal modeling and laboratory experiments, how political institutions affect political behavior in terms of accountability. In this line of researching he has studied the effect of federalism in the replacement of corrupt leaders. He finds that corrupt presidents are replaced more often in federal democracies than in centralized ones, but that the level of corruption is the same in both institutional designs. His study also shows that corrupt governors are replaced less often than corrupt presidents in federal democracies. Among other topics, he has also investigated how leaders' valence affect accountability; how the allocation property rights can prompt citizens to hold their leaders accountable; how conservatives and liberals have innate differences that impact how they seek to optimize performance in non-ideological cognitive tasks; homicides prevention through intelligent policing; and how electoral rules affect polarization. At NYU, he has served as Teacher Assistant for American Politics and American Constitutional Law.

Harris.jpegAdam Harris

Adam Harris received his Ph.D. from New York University in August 2015 and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Governance and Local Development (GLD) program at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He specializes in ethnic politics, political behavior, and African politics. In his dissertation, he seeks to understand why some voters (up to 52% of African voters) do not support their ethnic group’s party and to identify swing voters in Africa's "ethnic census" elections. He develops and measures the concept of ethnic proximity that moves beyond the academic convention of co-ethnicity to more fully consider the complex role ethnicity plays in political preference formation. The dissertation argues that the degree to which ethnic group membership influences political preferences is determined by one’s position in her ethnic group, which is in turn determined by her ethnic attributes (or how closely she approximates the group prototype). The dissertation uses original panel survey and experimental data to test the effect of ethnic proximity on voter preferences in South Africa's 2014 National and 2016 Local elections. The results are also replicated in the US and Ugandan contexts. In short, his dissertation concludes that those who are less proximate to their own group and more proximate to an out-group are more likely to be swing voters and will be less likely to vote for their ethnic group’s party. Adam has also conducted research on ethnic identifiability (published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution), anti-immigrant prejudice in the developing world (under review), the preferences for foreign aid in recipient countries (under review), ideological ideal point estimation among African legislators, and the determinants of political protests. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, NYU, Columbia University, and GLD.

Hande.jpgHande Mutlu-Eren

Hande Mutlu-Eren completed her Ph.D. in Politics at NYU in 2011 and is currently teaching several undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics and political economy at NYU and Columbia University. Between 2010 and 2014 she was a Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. Hande specializes in comparative politics and political economy focusing on comparative political institutions, party competition, coalitions, and national and local governments. Her doctoral research explores, using game theoretic models and quantitative methods, the conditions under which a sizable faction decides to break away from a party in parliamentary systems (published in Public Choice), the conditions under which party members decide to replace their leader (revise and resubmit received from the Journal of Theoretical Politics), and the link between cabinet duration and cabinet reshuffles (under review). In a recent article (published in the Journal of Politics) she shows that in political systems with party-centered elections parties use intergovernmental transfers to advance their electoral fortunes via performance spillovers across different levels of government. Hande’s current research examines the impact of supranational integration such as the European Union on party system polarization (under review). In a second line of research, she analyzes whether the procedures for party leadership changes and their timing affect parties’ electoral performance.

Other projects that Hande is working on include a book manuscript on party splits, aiming at providing a comprehensive account of endogenous party splits in advanced industrialized countries as well as a paper on the politics of opposition where she explores the different ways in which opposition parties can influence policy and constrain government parties from gaining too much control over minorities. She has additional work on government formation, cabinet dynamics in Turkey, and networks, which has appeared in Public Choice, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and as a chapter in a book. Hande is prepared to teach courses in comparative politics, political economy, European politics, Middle Eastern politics, as well as formal models and quantitative research methods.

sexton_photo.jpegRenard Sexton

Renard Sexton is a PhD candidate in Politics at NYU (defending Spring 2017). He studies the political economy of conflict using field experimental and rigorous observational methods. In particular, his work explores how local political institutions determine how external shocks and interventions affect local level conflict. In a forthcoming article in the American Political Science Review, for example, he shows that multi-million dollar aid distributions by pro-government forces in Afghanistan increase violence in contested districts, but decreases violence in districts already controlled by counter-insurgents. Renard’s current research examines how electoral accountability and government capacity moderate the effect of commodity price shocks on extractive industries-related violence in Peru. He is conducting a companion field experiment in Peru to determine whether village-level trainings can improve the accountability and performance of local elected officials and if this has conflict-mitigating consequences. He is co-founder of the Northeastern Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS), a junior fellow at the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). He has experience teaching comparative politics and international relations at an undergraduate level and quantitative methods at a graduate level.

IMG_3525.JPGGabor Simonovits

Gabor Simonovits is a PhD Candidate in Politics at NYU (defending in June 2017). His current research, situated in the intersection of public opinion and political economy, studies the interrelationship between mass opinion and public policy. In his dissertation, Public Opinion, and Redistributive Policies, Gabor uses survey data on preferences about tax progressivity and the minimum wage to describe the representation of mass opinion in redistributive policies in American states. Gabor finds evidence that contrary to existing empirical research, while policy outcomes are related to public opinion across states, they exhibit a conservative bias within states and in general are far from the outcomes preferred by most citizens. Beyond his dissertation, Gabor has published papers on diverse topics including electoral politics, political extremism, and quantitative methodology. These papers have appeared in Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Analysis, among other places.