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 partyin 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.