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Andrew 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.”  

     
     
   

 

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Sönke Ehret
Sönke Ehret is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Politics Department at New York University. He specializes in Comparative Politics, Behavioral Political Economy Experiments and Political Methodology, with focus on the United States and Europe. Using theory and experiments, his dissertation on policy feedback effects examines how individual preferences translate into political choices. He finds that cognition and the information environment, affected through policies and institutions, can effectively reverse the direction of social emancipation preferences. Discrimination under privilege uncertainty becomes infeasible, relative need implies redistribution for the wealthy, and electoral systems dampen national pride despite a uniform national citizenry. Sönke also has research works in political psychology, comparative political economy, and political experimental methods. His agenda includes the design and implementation of novel virtual laboratory (field in the lab) experiments. His future work will be on political reflection, ideology and representation. Sönke is currently an affiliate at both the NYU Center for Experimental Social Science and the NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science Experimental Laboratory. He is also working as a Quantitative Consultant at NYU Data Services and as Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He has teaching experience in Experimental Methods for testing Formal Models and Comparative Political Economy at the graduate level, and at the undergraduate level in American Politics, Pre-Law, Quantitative Methods, Public Opinion and Game Theory.

     
     
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Hande 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.

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Ju Yeon Park
Ju Yeon Park is a lecturer of the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and a research associate of the Social Science Experimental Laboratory at NYU Abu Dhabi. She received her Ph.D. in Politics at NYU in 2015 specializing in American politics and experimental methods. Her research interest lies in legislative behavior, electoral behavior, political psychology, and experimental political economy. Using game-theoretic models and lab experiments, her dissertation investigates how political and institutional factors affect types of information transmitted in congressional hearings by focusing on the strategic selection of witnesses. Her research is the first to model the internal decision-making process within a committee over hearings and politicians’ incentives to grandstand. She finds that political polarization hinders information transmission in public hearings. One of her dissertation chapters is forthcoming at Legislative Studies Quarterly (paper). Currently she is working on a text analytic project on congressional hearings and two experimental projects to test formal models of strategic communication and voting among the voters with asymmetric information. Her latest research also involves multilevel survey analyses: one finds that the asymmetry in economic voting does exist and is stronger among out-partisans than in-partisans (paper); the other finds that economic voting strengthens as the class and partisans are dealigned (paper). She has previously taught American politics, international relations, research methods, and quantitative analysis at NYU and Columbia University. At Rutgers, she is teaching Maximum Likelihood Estimation for doctoral students and political psychology, international relations, and political methods for undergraduates.

     
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Renard 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.

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Gabor 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.